Valentin Valles Lundi
Region: Southern Rhone
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Valentin Valles is based Quentin de la Poterie, about 30 mins away from Tavel in the Rhone. He works with about 7 hectares of vines, a combination of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Sauvignon Blanc. His winemaking approach is laissez faire, with grapes hand picked and carried in 15kg boxes to the cellar. Valentin has a few small stainless steel tanks that he use for macerating the grapes which are then pressed in a very old wooden vertical press, and transferred by gravity to barriques for long, slow fermentations.
This is Lundi (meaning puffin), an elegant, lightly macerated rosé made from Grenache Noir with a touch of Cinsault and Syrah for freshness and complexity. Silky and intense with notes of tangy cranberry, crab apple and forest floor culminating in a saline and savoury finish.