We first created this wine in the 2003 vintage as a one-off, but due to the cult following this wine now enjoys we continue with it to this day.
The roussanne grapes that produced this wine were picked during the night in order to protect the fruit from the extreme heat of the day. This wine underwent fermentation and ageing in French oak barrels with frequent stirring of the lees to create a rich, complex, full-bodied roussanne with good acidity and a luxurious finish. We suggest drinking this wine with creamy chicken or pasta dishes and with seafood.
Colour: Golden yellow
Nose: An exotic mix of fruit and spice. The freshness of the fruit provides hints of melon and the barrel aging has created vanilla notes and a smoky richness.
Palate: Full-bodied with creamy, nutty characteristics and an extremely long finish.
Drink: Now until 2021
Available vintages: 2014
What the critics say
Honeyed chamomile nose. Wild flowers and the scent of an orangerie. Explosive on the palate! How does one even describe this? Waxy, honeyed, wild, saffron, bit of vanilla pod, coriander seed. The layers of complexity build and build. Shimmering, crystal-cut acidity, a nuttiness, so much tension and texture. The oak has flawlessly integrated into the wine at this point and now it's woven through with ginger, tamarind and cardamom. So much length. This sweeps you off your feet! Roast pork, or scallops mornay, or paella. Or just a quiet hour or two by the fire... 17.5/20
Tamlyn Currin, Jancis Robinsons' Purple Pages, March 2017
Barrel fermented, 20% new oak. The oak is evident on the nose but does not overwhelm the classic almondy aroma of Roussanne. The sample is warm, but there's a deep, fresh cedary quince quality here and at a lower temperature it would be much more enjoyable. Long and powerful. 16.5/20 (JH)
Julia Harding, MW, Jancis Robinsons' Purple Pages, September 2015
Decanter World Wine Awards Commended, 2013!
This is fermented for one year in old French oak barrels and has 10 months barrel ageing. Full but racy, it is a serious, structured, oily wine with a hint of tropical fruit and an attractive, slightly saline quality. Quite tight, and firm on the palate; a food wine. 17/20 (4 Stars)
Decanter Magazine, February 2012
The Simpsons have long made a speciality of their Roussanne and this the cream of their crop...fine herbal notes and just enough acidity to keep the wine refreshing. No-one could accuse them of overdoing the oak. Could be useful for educators demonstrating the variety.
Jancis Robinson, Purplepages, July 2011.
Winner of a Top 100 IGPs of France 2011 Award!
Medal Winner in the 2010 International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge. May, 2010
The bigness of this wine comes from its texture...the result is brilliant: round, soft texture with smoky touches thanks to partial barrel fermentation. It's a top wine to match with creamy and even mildly spicy dishes, but I love it best alongside pork chops!
Olly Smith, The Mail on Sunday, 21 February 2010.
...wines that will lead the way for this year's wine trends. Unusual grape varieties will continue to amaze us. This white has so much bravado that it can tackle roast chicken, roast pork and any fish dish. There is oak, honeysuckle and mandarin throughout its heroic length.
Matthew Jukes, The Mail, 9th January, 2010
Domaine Sainte Rose La Nuit Blanche / Barrel Selection Roussanne features in the Decanter World Wine Awards publication.
Floral aromatic buttery toast, hints of tropical fruit. Clean fruit, soft, white flowers with a hint of well-integrated oak.
Decanter Magazine, October 2009.
Impeccable wine with a creamy texture and a toasty edge. ...Charles and Ruth Simpson have created this splendid winner in the Languedoc. It is rich, toasty and peachy. A glorious wine.
Olly Smith, The Mail, 1st August, 2009
Medal Winner in the 2009 International Wine Challenge, Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine and Spirits Competition. May, 2009
...already well known by Times readers for it sub-£6 bottles. These barrel-aged wines are worth paying extra for- this roussanne, a rhone variety, delivers all manner of exotic, burnt, buttery, peach and almost pepperminty spice.
Jane Macquitty's list of Top 100 Winter Wines, Saturday Times, December 6th, 2008
The 2007 Barrel Selection Roussanne appears on 8th November, 2008 BBC's Saturday Kitchen. Some Quotes:
"Value is all about quality versus price...oozes quality and sophistication. In a restaurant you're looking at £50"
ÂÂÂ Michael Caines, Chef Gidleigh ParkÂÂÂ Hotel.
"The Balance is perfect; great value-for-money"
Daniel Galmiche, Chef Cliveden House and Forbury Hotel.
"I want a wine that compliments not dominates. The Roussanne grape...gives these wonderful heady exotic aromas. When you taste it you have this lovely expressive but also very elegant texture. The oak in this wines gives a velvety richness".
Peter Richards, Wine Guru
The Barrel Selection Roussanne 2008 gets selected in the Top 100 wines of the London International Wine Fair 2010 picked by The Wine Gang!
"Leesy, fresh and complex with a whiff of Mediterranean herbs and spices." 89/100.
The Wine Gang.
"...hit the spot. Made from night-harvested grapes, this is a terrific, nutty, lemon and apricot-stacked, French oak-aged white of real distinction."
Jane Macquitty, The Times, June 14th, 2008
"Exciting herbal nose- quite a bouquet!"
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com , April 2008
"Made from the roussanne grape, this is full, ripe, honeyed and crammed with greengage, nectarine and lime notes, as well as boasting a very long finish. It has enough oomph to handle both the pie and the roast- along with gravy, too."
Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail, April, 2008
"Shows power and restraint. The nose is discreet and floral. Perfume of rose, fresh pineapple and honey. This delicate structure is supported by a more oily texture with flavours of sugared almonds, yellow fruits and mild spices. This juice was carefully vinified and aged in oak barrels. We matched this wine with sparerib of pork and Pardailhan turnips."
16/20 Terre de Vins, February 2008
"...a spectacular and rare Roussanne from a gorgeous southern French property owned by an adventurous Brit couple. This 100 per cent Roussanne is one of the year's most remarkable wines. The utterly delicious honey, lime juice and pear and fruit is amazingly complex and ethereal. Perfect with 'meatier' fish and richer, creamy sauces, this is an unmissable wine."
Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail, September 2007
"Sainte Rose have quite a history of growing Roussanne – it used to be blended with Chardonnay in their Vent du Nord. Very creamy, flattering texture with a real spine of acidity, some ripe greengage flavours and real depth of flavour and persistence. There's something distinctly verdant about this wine – followers of Ch de Beaucastel Blanc, Vieilles Vignes might be interested to see this junior version. The oaking has been done with a very gentle hand. Bravo!"
Jancis Robinson, MW September 2007.
Domaine Sainte Rose is delighted to announce that its Barrel Selection Roussanne has been selected as the Roussanne Trophy Winner in the Top 100 Vins de Pays of France 2007! 100 winners from 1,115 entries were selected with only 16 Trophies being awarded. "Full-on toasty, buttery oak, hint of cedar. Textured, rich and complex with lemony, citrussy acidity giving a zesty lime finish."
"Showing the diversity of which France is capable. Complex, honeyed, concentrated white with a dash of toasty oak and balancing citrusy freshness".
Anthony Rose, The Independent, July, 2007
Tim Atkin of the Observer says "The biggest surprise in 2007(Top 100 VDPs) was the top whites. The rich toasty, citrus-like 2004 Domaine Sainte Rose Barrel Selection Roussanne...is an amazing wine. Tasting whites like these, I think it's the Australians, not the French, who should worry."
Terre de Vins says "Shows power and restraint. The nose is discreet and floral. Perfume of rose, fresh pineapple and honey. This delicate structure is supported by a more oily texture with flavours of sugared almonds, yellow fruits and mild spices. This juice was carefully vinified and aged in oak barrels. We matched this wine with sparerib of pork and Pardailhan turnips." 16/20
Given 4 stars by Decanter in their March 2007 issue: "Rich, creamy, exotic nose. Juicy, tangy fruit on the palate with notes of mandarin. Long, fresh and interesting. Up to 2009!"
Anthony Rose of The Independent recommends the Domaine Sainte Rose, Barrel Selection Roussanne. "An intense and oak-fermented southern French dry white with distinctive mineral undertones and lightly honeyed richness."
Tim Atkin of The Observer Magazine rates the Domaine Sainte Rose, 2004 Barrel Selection Roussanne as one of the top wines from 2006. "Rich, creamy, honeysuckle-like white with lovely balance."
Domaine Sainte Rose is delighted to announce that its Barrel Selection Low-Yield Roussanne has been selected in the Top 100 Vins de Pays, 2006! The successful wines will be available for tasting at the London Wine & Spirits Fair (Stand # I40L).