(2020) Another stylish bottle for this blend of Syrah, Grenache and a little of the white variety, Rolle. Pale in colour, and an intense nose of lime peel, small red fruits and something quite mineral and concentrated, maybe melon skins. In the mouth again there is an impressive level of fruit concentration here, more intense and powerful than many Provence rosés, but it does not lack clarity or finesse, or fresh acidity. Very good. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the previous vintage.
(2020) The very minimalist packaging of this Provence rosé is explained by the eco-conscious brand behind it: made by Château Pigoudet, like all Sea Change wines each bottle purchased results in a donation to marine conservation charities to fight plastic pollution. No plastics are used, the bottle coming without a capsule, it's label made from plant cellulose. The wine is suitably pale in colour and has a very vibrant, and very appealing nose, with plenty of zestiness but also a vivacious fruit salad character with juicy mango and peach to the fore. In the mouth there's a touch of confectionary tutti-frutti character, but that juicy peach dominates and the balance really is very good, a crisp citrus freshness leaving the finish dry and moreish. The price drops to £13.99 for a mix of six Sea Change wines.
(2019) The latest incarnation of a regular favourite and one that, in the opinion of d'Esclans founder, Sacha Lichine, is the best ever made. Sadly, it is also the last made by celebrated winemaker Patrick Léon who died in December (Patrick was winemaker at Mouton Rothschild before creating Whispering Angel in 2006). A blend of Grenache, Rolle and Cinsault, is the colour a touch deeper than usual? It certainly has bags of fruit in the aroma, not only tangy citrus peel but small red berries and a delicate more floral and rose-hip perfume. In the mouth it is bone-dry, with precision to the fruit and a sense of both substance and finesse. Watch the video for more information.
(2018) A Côtes de Provence rosé from certified organic vineyards, this is the kosher version of this wine, a pale, peach-tinged wines made from a whole bunch of varieties: Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carignan, Tibouren and Mourvèdre. Perfumed nose with a touch of watermelon and pomegranate, the palate is cool and precise, very dry, and whilst I'd wish for just a touch more fruitiness to offset the acidity, a very elegant wine. Stockist quoted is not necessarily for the kosher version of this wine.
(2017) A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this Côtes de Provence pink is certified organic and has a pale peachy-pink colour. On the nose it has delightful fragrance: small red berries like redcurrants and a touch of downy peach skins, with the mineral hint of sea breezes. In the mouth it is both concentrated and elegant, certainly plenty of sweet and ripe fruit to fill the mouth, but that clarity of the acidity, that saline hint, all giving lovely gastronomic appeal too, finishing bone dry with plenty of verve and tang.
(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.
(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) 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) Another determined Provence Rosé from Le Grand Cros, hefty in alcohol with its 14% yet surprisingly delicate in colour, aroma and flavour. Pale salmon-peach in colour, the nose is dry with a hint of salty minerals, apples and lemon rind. In the mouth a delicious burst of full fruitiness, citrus and red berries, all nicely proportioned and balanced with the acidity in another fine wine from the Faulkner family's estate.
(2016) Each year I publish my 'Wines of the Year', in which I name just one favourite wine from a whole year's drinking in seven different categories. In 2015 the Rosé category was scooped by the 2014 vintage of this wine, and I have to say this 2015 is every bit as good. It's a delicate, shimmering, but personality-packed pink with grapefruit and hints of peachiness against riveting acidity in a super-fresh, gastronomic but deliciously quaffable style, and it really is a Provence benchmark. Watch the video for food matching ideas and much more information. Interestingly, it's on offer at time of writing 'en primeur' - you can buy a case now for £98, pay the VAT and duty when it is delivered before Easter, and the equivalent bottle price will be £12.89 instead of the £14.95 it will cost when it goes on sale by the normal channel.
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