Domaine du Météore takes its name from the 200-metre-wide meteorite crater which struck a hillside in southern France over ten thousand years ago. Situated in the village of Cabrerolles, at over 300 metres altitude in the foothills of the Haut-Languedoc mountains, vines grow within and around the crater. These are surrounded by garrigue with the evocative scents of wild thyme, fennel and citrus. Farmed organically for over 10 years, the vineyards are now in biodynamic conversion.
The meteoric wine producer has now launched a new organic, vegan rosé from its vineyard in the Languedoc. Owners, Dr Paul Jarman and Dr Paul Jenkins say: "We are delighted to be launching Le Météore Rosé in the UK. Our aim is to create wines that truly give a sense of terroir and Le Météore is no exception. The distinctive minerality found in the wines, due to the schist soil and high altitude, helped we believe by a little cosmic space dust from the meteorite, brings an elegance to Le Météore which we think consumers will love."
Domaine du Météore makes wines inspired by the land, its history and beyond. These are wines from another dimension!
The rosé is made from a blend of 50% Cinsault, 40% Grenache Noir and 10% Mourvèdre, all grown within and around the crater. After direct pressing, the most aromatic and delicate juices are selected for cool fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
Colour: attractive pale pink.
Nose: fresh and delicate with aromas of red berries, grapefruit, a light touch of red plum plus subtle floral and herbal hints.
Palate: dry, crisp, elegant and well-balanced with pronounced minerality; delicate notes of strawberry, white peach and grapefruit/bitter lemon plus a hint of white pepper on the finish.
A variety of the Météore wines cuvées are stocked at Les Caves de Pyrene, Haynes Hanson & Clark and Stone, Vine & Sun. The whole range is also available to buy online from the domaine, with 20% off and free delivery until 30th June using code WINEOCLOCK20.
For an in-depth review of Domaine du Météore wines and an exclusive interview with the owners, see an earlier article on these pages.