Opici Wines has announced Âme du Vin 2016, a French rosé from the Cotes du Provence.
Âme du Vin (Ahm-du-VAHN), meaning “Soul of the Wine,” references the poem of the same name by 19th century French poet Charles de Baudelaire. A 70/30 Garnache/Cinsault blend, it is grown and produced at the Caves du Commandeur estate near the Provençale village of Montfort-sur-Argens. The property spans almost 1,000 acres of vineyards, located approximately 1,300 above sea level, and planted to a density of 5,000-6,000 vines per acre. Harvest took place in September 2016, with the resulting wine fermented in cement tanks, followed by stainless steel vats, prior to five months’ bottle-aging ahead of release.
The new wine, with a suggested retail price of $17 per 750-ml. bottle, made its debut at Time Inc.’s Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chefs 2017” celebration, April 4, at Rock & Reilly’s at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel. Opici Wines was the event’s official wine sponsor.
Starting this spring, Âme du Vin 2016 will be available at restaurants and fine wine stores nationwide. The launch will be accompanied by a full array of POS and integrated marketing support.