(2021) Slightly deeper in colour than the Cuvée l’Excellence, do you want to know the cepage? OK, deep breath: Grenache 40%, Cinsault 20%, Syrah 15%, Tibouren 10%, Mourvèdre 5%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 3%, Carignan 3% and Rolle (a white variety) 3%. Fresh and red-berried on the nose, there is that hint of passion fruit, but more on strawberry pulp and lightly grassy raspberry too. The palate is creamy and summer pudding-like, with plenty of sweet berries and cream, though the grapefruity tang of the acidity is nicely placed here, cleansing and elongating the finish.
(2021) A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Tibouren, Carignan and Rolle, this is Saint-Maur's top cuvée, even paler than the regular Côte de Provence rosé, and very aromatic. There's even a touch of elderflower and passionfruit here among the pretty red berry fruit notes, and a sense of something more taut and mineral. In the mouth it bursts with sweet, ripe fruit, but there's a tart, mouth-watering character too with citrus and salts balancing into the finish. Quite powerful and concentrated too, it nicely straddles prettiness and power.