Sommelier Notes: This is a stunning rosé made with great care. The brothers Modat call this “the rosé of girlfriends”. The wines of Domaine Modat stood out like a diamond when we first tasted them at a Paris Wine tasting. Then we went to visit the domaine. Wow! The 23 hectares (57 acres) of vines are perched above the Agly Valley, near Perpignan, in the Roussillon close to the Spanish border. The windswept vineyards sit on a plateau at 200-300 meters of altitude which looks out over Canigou mountain, the sacred mountain of the Catalans. The soil is mainly composed of white, grey and red gneiss (granitic sand) over a base of fractured granitic rock, an ideal terroir for making fine and elegant wines. Randomly planted within each plot of red vines are white grape varieties from which the brothers in charge make this organic and biodynamic wine. All three types of Grenache grapes are used in this wine: white, gray and black. The grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted and then placed in a press for gentle pressing. Fermentation takes place at a very cool temperature preserving the subtle and delicate fruit aromas of the grapes. The juice is vinified as a high end, upscale white wine in big demi-muid barrels and then blended with the Syrah.