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Monday, 26 January 2015 08:31

New Year 2015

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Written by Ruth Simpson
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New Year 2015!   Happy new year to you all!  Sainte Rose has had a busy start to the year, with a bottling in week 2, new plantation in week 3 and pruning continuing apace.  There are new destinations for tasting events on the horizon in the first quarter of the year and the release of a new 2013 Reserve Method Traditional Sparkling wine imminent!   Our first bottling of the year saw more of our fabulous 2014 Coquille d’Oc Rosé going into bottle.  This dangerously drinkable rosé is already gracing the shelves of Waitrose stores in the UK and…
Monday, 08 September 2014 12:59

Storms during harvest!

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Storms during harvest-Update!   09:00h, Friday 3 October 2014, Domaine Sainte Rose-  Update!   There has been a lot of publicity about the severe storms that have lashed the Languedoc over the past 3 weeks. Worst hit has been the eastern side of the department of the Herault, with particularly striking flooding images of the centre of Montpellier. For those vignerons and producers who had not finished harvesting and those who had not even begun it has been a hugely stressful period!   At Sainte Rose we were incredibly lucky to have all of our grapes harvested well before the…
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:18

Vintage 2014 Begins!

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Earliest ever harvest!   Almost 3 weeks earlier than last year, on the 31st of July, we started picking Chardonnay for our Sparkling base wine! This is the earliest we have ever started picking grapes in the south of France and we have been the talk of the town! None of our neighbours could believe that the grapes were ripe at this early stage. As many of you will know, we need to pick the grapes at about 10 or 10.5 degrees of potential alcohol for the sparkling base as it then goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle,…
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