The Domaine De I’Ile Rosé displays a luminous pale pink color. Bright strawberry, raspberry and grenadine aromas are invigorated by hints of pink grapefruit notes from the Cinsault. On the palate, red berry flavors are joined by rich red cherry from the Mourvèdre and notes of blackcurrant and spice from the Syrah, leading to a long, refreshing finish with touches of saline.
In 1971 the vast majority of the island was returned to the State to become part of the National Park system. One of the daughters, Lelia Le Ber replanted 20 hectares with vineyards in the Breganconnet plain and built a new cellar. Her son, Sebastien Le Ber (JF Fourner’s grandson) took over and expanded production to include olives. Today the vineyards total 34 hectares near Breganconnet and Notre dame on the SW part of the island.
The Syrah was picked when it was concentrated, light-colored berries. Grenache followed five days later, plump and full of flavor, drawing structure and rich texture from the soil. The liveliness of the Cinsault and Tibouren underlines the saline note of the vintage, while Mourvèdre contributes a subtle strength. Using the saignee method, this wine is vinified in stainless steel vats and in barrels with daily batonnage.
Pairs well with pork, shellfish, vegetarian and poultry dishes.