Domaine La Colombette Rosé, Languedoc, France
This oozes summer, whatever season you open it. A little remedy to those winter blues.
Get your nose into this and it smells so good, it's hard to pull it back out again. It glints salmon in the glass and is redolent of strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, passionfruits, watermelons and mangos, topped with a little fresh cream and a twist of pink grapefruit juice. It positively oozes summer, whatever season you open it.
This winery started in 1890 when blacksmith Louis Pugibet fell in love with a winemaker and she gave him his first hectare of vines as a wedding present. Working the vineyards using his horses Louis started to build a reputation around Beziers, Languedoc. But it was his grandson Francois Pugibet who modernised the winery in 1966, replacing the horses, with whom he didn't share his grandfather's passion, with modern technology, doing away with herbicides and insecticides and planting more unusual grape varieties.
BY HUMBLE GRAPE
At Humble Grape, we believe wine is for sharing & that each wine-drinker should be allowed to build their own version of their world wine. We seek out hand-crafted wines made by people with love, & import them directly. Small, family-run producers get the representation they deserve, & customers only pay for the wine they’re drinking, with no agents, importers or distributors. And as they’re made with loving care, all these wines are biodynamic, organic or come from sustainable vineyards. As many of the wines we list are small-batch, our wine list of approx 400 wines is living & updated frequently.
What we bring to the wine drinker is a selection of wines that represent stepping out of the supermarkets, & in return they get to know our “Hero Producers”. Hero producers are winemakers that we import directly & exclusively to the UK. They personally work closely with our staff to keep them train about what is happening in the vineyard & in the winery, & how we can best uphold their ethos. They are all small production, family-run, as well as run biodynamic, organic and/or sustainable farms. They visit us quite often, collaborating in winemaker dinners & guest meet & greets.