Sparkling - La Rivale

This recent competition to the very popular « La Maîtresse », seduces thanks to its fresh and delicate qualities. Charmat method sparkling rosé grown in Provence

APPELLATION
Charmat method sparkling rosé grown in Provence on the southernmost hills in the back county of the Var.

SOIL
Rocky and limy clay with southern exposure between 160-200 meters altitude.

FARMING METHODS
Grown according to a strict sustainable farming charter. Certain plots were selected from 2003 and geared to producing grapes suitable for a sparkling wine.

CLIMATE
Thanks to our altitude and micro-climate we have cool temperatures for Provence that allows us to obtain high natural acidity necessary for sparkling wine.

VINES
Mourvèdre and Cinsault.

HARVEST
Hand-picked at 60hl per ha.

WINE-MAKING
Each parcel is vinified separately; grapes were quickly pressed with early separation of pressed must; tight cold static must settling; temperature control of fermentation at 16-17°C. After fermentation and stabilization, the base wine is bottled for second fermentation.

MATURING AND BOTTLINGS
After minimum 9 months on the lies, the wine is released for sale over the course of the year as it is needed.

TASTING NOTES
Lychee dress, limpid with beautiful shiny shades. The nose is discreet, on notes of strawberry, fresh almonds and white flowers. The mouth is fresh and fruity, the bubbles fine, the finish pleasant and refreshing.

Awards

Press

Wine EnthusiastVintage 2009Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss, 12/01/201083 points. Full and fat mousse over peachy fruit, acidity and an earthy character. This sparkling wine from Provence finishes with some crushed strawberry sweetness.

Blind TastedVintage 2009
www.blindtasted.com, Andreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World
84/100 Rosé wine with a pale colour also sparkling with quite young vivid bubbles. Rich and generous nose, good purity of fruit, some floral notes, hints of red berries, citrus. Creamy texture on the palate, rather full for being a sparkling wine, with a quite mellow acidity, rounded. I suppose this should be judged more as a rosé wine than a sparkling wine. I think we all tend to compare sparkling wines with champagne all the time but I think it’s very reminiscent of a rosé de Provence in terms of structure, with a generous fruitiness. It still gets a good notion of freshness thanks to the mousse and the bubbles. Quite persistent on the palate, pleasurable with some zesty grapey notes on the finish, some discreet red fruity notes. Youthful and fresh, interesting style, and well made.

Meilleurs RosésVintage 2009
Les meilleurs rosés du monde (Best World Rosés) 2010 – 79 points
A lot of seduction in this beautiful wine, with a very nice pale colour, pastel and sweet. While serving, the mousse is present, the bubbles refined, regular and plentiful. The nose is elegant, on hazelnut and grilled bread notes. There are also hints of small red berries. The mouth is lively and open. The wine is balanced, and gets rounder on the taste buds during tasting. A lot of generosity in this wine.

Bronpton QuaterlyVintage 2011
Bronpton Quaterly, Summer 2012
Provence is known for its rosé wines, but this is a little different – a sparkling version, perfect for an afternoon in the park or lazing in the back garden. A blend of Mourvedre and Cinsault, it’s a deliciously elegant wine with hints of roses, strawberry and just a touch of brioche. Refreshing and understated.