(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.
(2015) 13% abv. Gorgeous floral nose, real perfume here, though still cool and herby, but lots of character. The palate has masses of juiciness - it's a lovely balancing act, because the fruit is peachy and ripe, but it has been constrained and bound by the shimmering acid of the finish. Long and showing lovely length, finesse and balance.
(2015) 13% abv. Brangelina's latest is pretty as a picture, with delicate small berry fruits and a clarity that few can match - ultra cool, ultra sophisticated, with an elegant Chablis-like clarity. Long and lovely. Also available in magnums.
(2015) 12.5%. Striking magnum bottle, and a big fairly reduced nose with a sulphury character that soon blows off with swirling. Bold and not so subtle as the Famille Abeille for example, but does have fruity character and a nicely balanced, long and tangy finish. Price for a magnum.