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.
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.
50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Semillon, 10% Rolle
The yields are managed at the earliest stages so as to avoid green harvesting.
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.
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.
Mullet salad, appetizer, Provencal dishes, vegetable stew.
2014: Silver Medal, Vignerons Indépendants
2014: Bronze Medal, Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon
2013: Silver Medal, Independent Winemakers Competition
2012: Silver Medal, Independent Winemakers Competition
2011: Silver Medal, International Competition of Rosés of the World
2010: Gold Medal, Concours des Grands Vins de Mâcon
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.
Juin 2012 : I-winereview.com, USA
This pale pink blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan is lush but very lightly flavored with hints of red fruit and dried flowers.
The 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
Guide Hachette des Vins 2010
Distinguée et ample, d’une belle richesse aromatique (agrumes, fruits blancs, fleurs blanches).
Very clean and competent with some real fruit in the middle. Not expensive either. Score 16.