Domaine de Nizas is located in the village of Caux in the Languedoc area of Southern France.
The winery produces several red wines, one white wine, and one rose wine.
The 2010 Nizas Rose was a blend made up of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre. The wine was aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks. It carried an ABV of 13.5% and an AOC classification.
In honor of Languedoc Day on the 3rd of May 2012 (expertly pointed out to us by a fellow blogger. Thank you, Ernest!), I set out in search of a wine from that region. This rose was the only wine I could locate nearby.
In general, I am not a very, big fan of rose wines.
That said, this bottle was a pleasant surprise.
Prior to opening the bottle, I chilled the wine.
The wine was very, light pink in color.
The nose carried a distinct pleasant aroma of strawberries. There was a touch of citrus in the background as well. Overall, I was happily surprised at how things were progressing.
I was actually looking forward to taking my first sip. The taste was dry, crisp, and clean. Green apple and red berries filled my mouth. There was a touch of spice (?) somewhere in there as well.
This rose was a great wine for spring and summer drinking, with or without food. Prior to Languedoc Day, I was very unfamiliar with the region. I look forward to sampling a red from the area at some point.
The 2010 Domaine de Nizas Rose cost around $17 (I lost my receipt, but I know it was under $20). It is a buy at that price level (provided you drink rose). If you find it, please give it a try and let me know what you think.