Since 1997, the Vignobles Gonfrier have developed their “vinifying wine merchant” activity. This amounts to purchasing grapes from some forty partner winegrowers, in accordance with our production specifications and overseen by our technical staff.The resulting wines are vinified and aged by our own oenologists at our Chais de Rions site.“Croix de Marsan” refers to Château de Marsan, the flagship property of the Vignobles Gonfrier.
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A.O.C : Bordeaux rosé
Vineyard surface area : 15 hectares
Terroir : Clayey-gravelly slopes and alluvial plains bordering the Garonne River
Grape varieties : 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet sauvignon
Average vine age : 15 years
Viticulture : Traditional Bordeaux-style vine training, with two canes and a flat arch. Controlled grassing-down of the vine rows or mechanical working of the soil, to improve the soils’ vitality and biodiversity. Manual “green harvesting”, for a homogeneous distribution and proper aeration of the grape bunches. Mechanical grape harvesting.
Vinification : The grapes are selected according to their aromatic potential by tasting of the berries. After destemming, they are delicately pressed in a pneumatic press under inert gas. Fermentations are carried out in stainless-steel tanks at low-temperature (18-20° C).
Ageing : In stainless-steel tanks, on fine lees, protected from the oxidation process.
Tasting notes :
Lovely pale pink colour. Floral nose with notes of grapefruit. Frank and nervy in the mouth. Enjoy as an aperitif, or with salads, grilled meats and seasonal fruits. Best served cool, at around 11° C.