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: By helping the local cooperative's growers understand the benefits of sustainable farming, limited yields and harvesting before the grapes are over mature, Marjorie and Stéphane Gallet are aiming to raise the general quality of wine in their appellation. It’s demanding work, but the results are producing the finest wines ever made at the Cave Cooperative de Rivesaltes.