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Chivite Colección 125 Rosado 2018

Chivite Colección 125 Rosado

2018

£24.54

/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeYoung Crianza
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

If you're looking for a denomination in Spain with a tradition in producing rosés, it's definitely Navarra and the Chivite family, the best benchmark. Chivite was founded as a winery in 1647 and figures among the most historic dynasties in Spain. The Colección 125 range was released onto the market in 1985 to commemorate 125 years since they first started exporting in 1860, and the one which best showcases their expertise. They are true masters. In reds, whites, and naturally rosés. Chivite must be credited with having dignified the art of making rosés.

Chivite's rosé is one of Spain's finest, a rosé with considerable personality, not simply fermenting in barrel but maturing for months on end on its lees in French oak barrels. Besides its beautiful colour, between salmon pink and ready-to-eat apricot, it's an elegant and refined wine, with a notably balsamic nose. Swirl it around in the glass and you'll see how it arouses aromas of cumin, black liquorice and sandalwood, mixed with earthy notes, crystallised fruit (redcurrants, pomegranate, raspberries), a gentle perfume of dried flowers and some buttery touches in the background. Really unusual: there's something on this nose reminding us of sparkling wines, Champagnes —but no bubbles, of course. Quite fascinating, and interesting too, because the grapes producing this rosé have nothing to do with the ones normally used in the manufacture of those French wines. Keeping it in the glass and letting the temperature rise a little, you'll notice how creamy it becomes and all the new nuances that appear, so subtle and so well interwoven that it's difficult to describe them, but you could spoon them out like a dessert!

On the palate it offers a fresh and meaty attack, voluminous, dry, rather creamy on the entry — even more so as it starts to warm up — and now you can certainly detect an undertone of damp wood and notes of lightly toasted dried nuts and fruit from that barrel-ageing. Everything in just the right amount. A balanced and harmonious ensemble, which finishes smoothly and persistently. Back again, that initial Champagne-flavoured hint and aniseed background. A rosé with plenty of character, to enjoy at a leisurely pace.

What does this wine taste like?

View
Salmon / Clean / Bright
Bouquet
Fruit aromas / Red fruit / Cherries / Peach / Sloes / Toasty notes / Smoky notes / Spicy notes
Mouth
With body / Voluminous / Good acidity / Balanced / Long / Persistent

Drinking and storing

Serve between 10ºC and 12ºC

Food pairing

Meat rice dishes, Rice with fish, Pasta with cheese, Oily fish, Grilled shellfish, White meats, Pigs feet, Hearty dishes, Mushroom pasta, With a good book

Ratings and awards

201592 PK93 PN
201393 PN
201293 PN
201193 PN
200690 PK92 PN
PK: ParkerPN: Peñín

Customer reviews

4.3/5
4 reviews

Wine making

Vinification materialWood
Ageing period9 months
Type of woodFrench oak

The winery

Chivite

Chivite

Chivite is the name of a renowned wine-making family in Navarra, which goes back 11 generations to 1647, with documental evidence of vineyard and wine cellar ownership, probably making this the oldest wine-producing dynasty in Spain. Back in 1860, when the phylloxera plague was blighting the French wine industry, the family embarked upon a trade route to northern Europe to meet increased demand, and later made their home an inn en route to Madrid, extending the reach of their...

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