About ten years or so I first met winemaker Domaine Magellan's Bruno Lafon, the Burgundian transplant to the town of Pezenas when visiting with Sylvain Fadat of Domaine d’Aupilhac.
As a long time Languedoc wine hunter I was impressed with what I tried that I made note of his work and kept an eye out for the wines in the USA. About the time the 2011 vintage wines were showing up I started to buy Lafon's Magellan whites and reds, and my friends all enjoyed them with me. In addition to his premium level reds and whites, Lafon started to make a second line of wines that are made from younger plantings of old vines cultivated from Chateauneuf du Pape on his sandstone vineyards. Branded as Le Fruit Defendu, these wines drink much sooner, and are what are often what you find in cafes and bistros that dot the French countryside.
A few after finding the Magellan wines on the east coast the Le Fruit Defendu wines started to show up on our shores in both red and pink. So when the 2016 Red and 2017 Rose were offered I snapped up three of each. I should have bought more 2017 La Fruit Defendu Rose as it may have been hands down the very best Rose of 2017 I have tasted.
Here's a very light pink colored wine that is almost translucent wine that is made from one hundred percent free run juice was aromatic, fruity, totally dry and yet at the same time vibrant and lively. Because the wine is made of 100 percent Cinsualt, there's a very distinctive quality to it as the wine is loaded with black cherry aroma, while the flavor is rich in pomegranate and raspberry.
Given it's low alcohol, soft and fruit forward style, I don't think this is a wine for the ages, but for right now, this may be the best Rose gets.