L’effet papillon Rosé 2020 comes from selected parcels of Grenache grown in the weathered schist of the Agly Valley, not far from Domaine le Roc des Anges itself. In the glass, the wine has a limpid, pale gold-pink color, which somehow seems to be illuminated from inside the glass. Aromas of yellow peaches, red raspberries, lime zest, and lilacs move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with dried lavender, sweet cream, and the cinnamon-like side of fresh green perilla as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is bright, juicy, and fresh, with more red berries, peaches, and citrus zest, all infused with flaky sea-salt minerality. “Fish tacos for everyone!” according to my colleague, Susan Crawshaw. Drink now until next spring, when we hope that a 2021 vintage will arrive, with almost anything you can imagine, or with nothing at all but a good friend to share.
About this wine producer: This is the story of Marjorie and Stéphane’s hope for the future of wine in their adopted Catalonia, and of their generous encouragement of grapegrowing neighbors in Maury and Rivesaltes (despite some who can barely disguise their palpable contempt for newcomers, and their jealousy of the Gallets’ evident success at their Domaine le Roc des Anges). “L’Effet Papillon is hard work, as if we don’t have enough to do,” Marjorie told us, “mais ça vaut la peine (it’s worth the effort). “The wine is beautiful, and the price will draw people to Roussillon...so that they might also want to try some bigger wines…like those from Roc des Anges…it’s the butterfly effect!”