Archive for the ‘Cotes de Provence’ category

Domaine de Rimauresq Blanc 2006

January 21, 2009

The solid Domaine de Rimauresq now has 57 hectares of vineyards in the AOC of Côtes the Provence for the production of red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan), rosé (Cinsault, Tibouren, Grenache and Syrah) and white wines. This one is made from 90% Rolle – as Vermentino is called in Southern France – and 10% Ugni Blanc. The wine has a straw yellow colour with aromas of stonefruit, citrus, herbs and straw following through to a palate where a soft texture is added by extended lees contact and regular battonage, offering an interesting contrast with the more mineral vivacity on the finish. Drink this one now. 87 points

Source: Fonty’s Pool  Price: $34  Drink: Now



Domaine de Rimauresq Rose 2006

February 13, 2008

Rosé represents around 80% of the total production of the Côtes de Provence and regarding the colourful palette of  varieties and terroir I’ve decided to focus on another example of the modern and dry style. The identity of the Domaine de Rimauresq rosé is based on an exotic mix of Cinsault, Tibouren, Mourvèdre and Grenache, all cornerstones of the more traditional blends. Add the complex and unusual terroir, a composition of granite, rocks, quartz and schist and you get a different wine with mineral purity like this. Pale salmon with an onion skin hue, the nose shows aromas of small red berries, peach, flowers and a hint of spice. The harmonious palate opens with a soft and smooth texture that slowly gives way to rather austere mineral acidity on a bone-dry finish. This is another cracking new-wave rosé that shows why the Provence is the uncontested leader of this style. 88 points

Source: Fonty’s Pool  Price: $25  Drink: Now


Domaine de Saint Andrieu Rose 2006

February 11, 2008

img_4158.jpgRosé is one of those styles that’s not really taken seriously by many winemakers, connaisseurs and writers alike. It is often dismissed as indefinable, too light to be a red or too pink to be a pristine white, or simply labelled as bland, dull and even void. But when it’s properly made in a dry, characterful, modern style, rosé can be charmingly delicate. As with most innovative, exciting and foremost ambitious winemaking France is the home of this modern style, especially the Northern Rhône and the Provence. Only considering the multitude of terroirs and grape varieties in the latter, combined with the oenological options, it is not hard to see the sheer diversity of rosé. The in 1999 founded Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation sur le Vin Rosé in Vidauban ultimately shows that the potential of this region’s main style is finally recognised by further exploring these themes.

The 2006 Rosé from Domaine de Saint Andrieu is a typical example of a Provençal blend from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Pale salmon in colour this wine is scented with red berries, white flowers and subtle spice. The round, softly textured palate shows an impeccable balance between delicate fruit, tangy acid and savoury spiciness towards a dry and fresh finish. A lovely, seductive and in every sense complete wine. 89 points

Source: Ce Soir Wine Importers  Price: $22  Drink: Now