(2017) Year after year in my 'Wines of the Year' feature here on wine-pages, this iconic Côtes de Provence rosé picks up plaudits. The blend is mainly Grenache, Rolle (Vermentino) and Cinsault, and it's a prime example of the pale, delicate, lacework style of Provence rosé. Abundantly fresh and zippy, there's a blush of softer peach and strawberry, but it's the shimmering core of mineral and light lemon acidity that drives this to a delicious, dry finish. Until end February 2017 this wine is available for £110 per case of 12 in-bond, for delivery in April. Duty and VAT will then be payable, bringing the total per bottle price to £13.49 - a saving of around £3.50 per bottle on the retail price once released. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2017) Confusingly there's already a 'Pure Provence' rosé from Domaine Mirabeau on the UK market, so if this wine does appear on UK shelves I wonder how it will be labelled? The wine has just picked up 96 points and a 'Platinum' award at the Decanter World Wine Awards. The colour is typical Provence-pale, the nose has a delicate peach down and ripe melon fruitiness, but classic herbal touches. On the palate it has a bit of grip and structure, a very slightly phenolic bite, in a fairly serious style. It's good, but what it is absolutely not, for me, is a 96 point wine.
(2017) A rosé from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah that comes in a striking, screen-printed bottle in the style of Art Nouveau artist Émile Gallé, released to celebrate the domaine's 60th anniversary. It has a pretty nose of dry red fruits touched with rose-hip and pink grapefruit. On the palate it is quite a powerful wine, full and with a bit of acid backbone and hint of tannin.
(2016) Great personality here, punchy and full of flavour, this is vivacious stuff with an extra lever of acidity and the beautiful fresh strawberry and cherry fruit. What a lovely summer in the garden wine.
(2016) Beautifully packaged, with subtle slate and schist to the peppy raspberry and cherry pit dry aromas, perhaps the small percentage of the white variety Rolle (Vermentino) adding to the elegance. The flavour follows through, with loads of tangerine and mandarin orange brightness and hints of tropical flavour. Lovely long finish and balance.
(2016) From a magnum (which looks so impressive) this is sweetie, rose-hip and pomegranate scented stuff, dry but filled with sweet mid-palate flavour, and a long, tight, acid structure in the finish. Impressive. Note: price is for a magnum (150cl).
(2016) In the traditional slim-waisted Provence bottle, with a pale colour and herb-touched raspberry and sweet cherry, there is a hint of sweetness to this, but also fresh lemon and orange acidity, in a stylish, easy summer drinking rosé.
(2016) A brand new super-premium Côtes de Provence Rosé, late harvested and made in a gastronomic style with a beefy 14% alcohol, it is a blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 40% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The pale peachy colour leads on to a fresh, fruity but stull typically Provence nose, with some straw, herbs, cool apple and minerality. Substantial on the palate, small red fruit notes complement to the peachiness of the fruit and the acid balance is excellent. A fine contender up there with the Miraval, Whispering Angel and other top examples. Not in UK at time of writing, but my guess is it will hit shelves at between £15 and £20.
(2016) Pale and peachy-pink, this blend of Grenache and Syrah has some small, dry, red berry fruitiness but is fairly muted aromatically, perhaps a hint of watermelon. On the palate it's dry, fresh, with a herby dry edge to the fruit, but it doesn't quite have the charm of the best from the Côtes de Provence.