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(2020) An absolutely delightful wine, predominatnly Syrah with 20% Mourvèdre and 10% of the white grape, Vermentino, it is made from a selection of the best grapes from their best vineyards near Aix-en-Provence. The Mourvèdre component sees barrel maturation. Such an explosively fruity nose, strawberry and burstingly ripe peach, flowers and a fine salty/earthy note too. In the mouth the fruit is decisive and keen, small redcurrant berries and raspberry, but that keen, mouth-watering edge of salts and lemon giving great thrust and decisive tension. Terrific rosé. No UK stockists at time of review.
(2020) From an estate owned by Bernard Magrez, whose portfoilio of properties includes Pape Clément, this Côtes de Provence Rosé marches to quite a different beat, from vines averaging 41 years of age and with a stated alcohol of 14.5% abv. That translates into a wine that is neither overripe nor particularly deeply coloured, but which has an intrinsic subtle power and intensity. Good, elegant and lifted red fruit notes dominate, but the palate has a real mineral salts streak on acidity along with cleansing citrus, for a concentrated and slightly more serious take on the style.
(2018) Is this the UK's most loved rosé wine? It's not the cheapest, and not the biggest selling, but if my postbag is anything to go by it's the one an awful lot of wine lovers have at #1. Why? Well it's a Provence rosé made from local varieties Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Rolle and Tibouren in the most delicate and pure style. Extremely careful selection of grapes and super-gentle handling gives a wine that is full of fruit on the nose, crushed redcurrants and raspberries, but a glimpse of sherbet lemons and ozone freshness too. In the mouth the texture is silky and slippery, but the sheer concentration of tangy pink grapefruit, tart red berries and zesty acidity streaks across the palate, a long, elegantly tapering finish giving terrific definition and drawing the wine to a lovely diminuendo finish.  Note that this is being offered en primeur by From Vineyards Direct until end February 2018, at £10.50 per bottle. Duty and VAT will be payable once the wine has shipped in March, and it will go on sale at around £17.95 per bottle. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
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