Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Rosé
45% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 15% Caladoc, 5% Syrah – IGP Coteaux de Béziers
Bijou’s flagship wine; a beautiful pale salmon coloured rosé. Elegantly fragrant, with aromas of wild strawberries, citrus and delicate floral notes. Round and creamy on the palate, with ripe red berry flavours and a soft minerality. Elegant and balanced with refreshing acidity and a silky smooth finish. Also available in magnum format so you can have twice the enjoyment.
The Legend of Sophie Valrose
Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose is named after a lady who worked in the Languedoc vineyards during the late 19th century and became something of a local hero. At the time, it was largely women who worked in the vineyards; pruning and harvesting the vines. Sadly these women were often mistreated, over-worked and under-paid. Sophie fought for women’s rights and drastically improved working conditions for her fellow women in the vineyard in which she worked. Bijou is a tribute to her memory and we share her story on the back of every bottle sold. Our rosé is made from grapes sourced from handpicked bush vines, alike those that Sophie would’ve harvested herself many years ago.
Viticulture and Vinification
The grapes are sourced from low-yielding old vines on the sloping hillsides of various vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. The areas are made up of old volcanic soils composed of 70% schist, which helps create high-quality grapes with great structure and freshness.
The grapes are hand-harvested, de-stemmed and gently crushed. Indigenous yeasts are used to ferment the wine for 15 to 18 days in temperature controlled stainless vats. Fermentation takes place at low temperatures of 14-16 ° to preserve the delicate fruit flavours. Each grape variety is harvested and vinified separately and then finally blended together to create a perfectly balanced wine.