Chateau Raynal is located in Toulouse, capital of Southwest France Occitanie region. Romantically it’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. The region attracts people from all over the world for its art, history, culture, and most recently an aerospace industry. However, many soon discover its noteworthy wines that have been overshadowed by their egotistical neighbors to the north, Bordeaux. The local wine in the town of Gaillac was first made almost two thousand years ago! (NOT THIS WINE). The house was founded in the 1800s by Monsieur Maurice Reynal making exquisite cognac. Generations later this princess of wine was created and crafted like an FL diamond. This wine is my Curtin call for several reasons. First, rarely are France’s Southwestern wines exported for historical purposes, but for now, I’ll spare the details. Second, Southwestern France is known to make wine out of indigenous grapes no one else in France cares for; what a shame. The rose is made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and native grape, Braucol. Third, the producer is most recognized as a brandy producer and you would be hard-pressed to find this wine anywhere even in France.
This Rose had bright fresh wild berries on the nose and a firm mineral note perfumed with a whisper of terra cotta pots baking close to the sea. On the palate it’s bone dry, lively acid medium alcohol and a hint of tannic texture for sophistication, expressing flavors of a juicy basket of strawberries, raspberries, redcurrant, fig, and a long finish of pepper and sweet herbs de Provence. Braucol (aka Fer Servadou) is an exciting grape and is the prince that fits into this princess tahitienne!
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