Rosé Côte de Provence

From the heart of Provence on Julian Faulkner’s family estate, this rosé offers the aromatic quintessence of Cinsault, Carignan, and Cabernet a careful balance between character and elegance.

CLIMATE

2012 is an unusual vintage. After a relatively mild autumn, the spring was colder than usual, and disturbed by an episode of hail which slowed the maturation process, while allowing an expressive vintage. It is characterized by a nice maturity, well rounded, refined and warm wines.

VINES

50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Semillon, 10% Rolle

FARMING METHODS

The yields are managed at the earliest stages so as to avoid green harvesting.

WINE-MAKING

Each parcel is vinified separately; cold skin contact maceration; pressing with separation of free-run juice from pressed must, cold static must settling; temperature control of fermentation at 17 18°C, racking and blockage of malolactic fermentation.

MATURING AND BOTTLING

Fining and early clarification; filtration; blending after tasting; bottled in the spring after further filtration.

TASTING NOTES

Clear peach colored rose with nice silver reflections. The nose is refined and aromatic, with aromas of white peach,
citrus fruits and a touch of minerality. round, with a nice volume and notes of peach. The final is fruity and crunchy with great length. A well balanced wine, between roundness and freshness.

MEAL SUGGESTION

Mullet salad, appetizer, Provencal dishes, vegetable stew.

Awards

blogpost_32014: Silver Medal, Vignerons Indépendants

Bronze-2013-macon2014: Bronze Medal, Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon

blogpost_32013: Silver Medal, Independent Winemakers Competition

blogpost_32012: Silver Medal, Independent Winemakers Competition

le-mondial-in-rose-silver2011: Silver Medal, International Competition of Rosés of the World

Bronze-2013-macon2010: Gold Medal, Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon

Press

Screenshot-2015-09-28-16.50.26Vintage 2013
Josh Raynolds, June 2014

Light peach skin color. High-pitched red berry and floral scents pick up spiciness and a touch of quinine with air. Dry and tightly focused, showing good lift to its tangy redcurrant and strawberry flavors. A jolt of bitter orange zest adds cut to the finish, which lingers with good spicy persistence.

The-Tasting-PanelThe Tasting Panel, rosés de Provence, Mai 2012 87

Domaine du Grand Cros 2011 Côtes de Provence “Jules” ,Juicy and simple; clean and racy with strawberry and tangy acidity; Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan

hachette-vinsVintage 2008
Guide Hachette des Vins 2010

Distinguée et ample, d’une belle richesse aromatique (agrumes, fruits blancs, fleurs blanches).

Screenshot-2014-03-27-11.45.51Vintage 2007
JancisRobinson 2008

Very clean and competent with some real fruit in the middle. Not expensive either. Score 16.