The Wine: Six Roses 2017
Benjamin Taillandier Six Roses 2017, like its brother Laguzelle 2017, is made from Cinsault, Syrah, and Carignan grapes which are farmed following a biodynamic approach. All grapes harvested by hand and are from Languedoc, Southern France. Spontaneous fermentation with natural yeast, unfined, unfiltered, aged 6 months in stainless steel.
The wine is fruity with notes of wild strawberry, very Mediterranean with hints of rosemary and flowers. A refreshing rose' wine with a good body - calling it light-bodied would be somewhat reductive. This rose' wine can be drunk all year round and can be paired with light entrees.
The Producer: Domaine Benjamin Taillandier
from the producer's website
I live in the Minervois region (south-west of France) since 2007. I do not come from a family of winemakers, so from day one, this commitment has been a great challenge. At this moment, my domaine thrives by the Black Mountain (most south relief of the Massif Central) and stretches on twenty hectares which represent sixteen vines flourishing on south exposed terrace fields in a Mediterranean climate, growing on mostly clay-limestone soil, with occasional schist, sand, and marble.
Since the very beginning of my establishment, the whole vine process is organic. The grape variety is totally Mediterranean. Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, and Syrah for the red. Grey Terret, Grey Grenache, White Grenache, and some Muscat for the white. The non-vine land of the domaine is olive trees, fields, and garrigue.
The grape harvest is manual through twelve-kilo crates which are gravitationally emptied in the containers. All yeast and lactic bacteria are indigenous, as the only input to my wine is a minimal dose of sulfur necessary during bottling.