L’esprit de Provence - Rosé

Dry and fruity, this rosé seduces by its tenderness, elegance and freshness. With its structured palate and aromatic concentration, it will be particularly enjoyed over a nice meal.

SOIL
Chalky and limy clay at 250 meters altitude.

CLIMATE
The 2019 vintage began with a warm and pleasant winter that lead to an early spring followed by a warm and very dry summer. This impeded the normal ripening of the grapes but with patience we waited for them to achieve optimal ripeness. Small yields but great potential.

VINES
Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah

FARMING METHODS
Sustainable farming techniques and we are expecting HV3 certification by end of 2020.

WINE MAKING
Each parcel is vinified separately; short skin contact at 15°C; grapes were pressed with early separation of pressed must; cold stabulation on some tanks followed by tight static must settling; temperature control of fermentation at 16-17°C; racking and blockage of malolactic fermentation.

MATURING AND BOTTLING
4-5 rackings; early fining with bentonite; filtration; blending; stabilization and non-sterile filtration; bottled in the spring.

WINE MAKER’S TASTING NOTE
A litchi pink with peachy reflections. Nose is elegant and very complex: white peaches, mango, hawthorn blossom then pink peppercorn, dry apricot and thyme. Very classy. The attack is fresh with volume and the fruit fills the mouth. This rosé is complex with a delightful long lingering aftertaste showing great fruit ripeness.

Awards

2019: 24th Grand International Wine Award – Gold Medal

2018: Rosé World Championship – Gold Medal

Le Mondial du Rose - Medaille d'argent2017: The Global Rosé Masters, Silver Medal

Le Mondial du Rose - Medaille d'argent2016: Rosé World Championship – Silver medal

blogpost_32015: Gold Medal, Vignerons Indépendants

blogpost_32015: Decanter World Wine Award – Silver Medal

2014_medaille_or_concours_general_agricole_paris2014: Gold Medal, Concours Général Agricole de Paris
2014_decanter_medaille_argent2014: Silver Medal, Decanter
2014_le-mondial-in-rose-silver2014: Silver Medal, Mondial du Rosé
2014_medaille_argent_mondial_rose2014: Silver Medal, Vignerons Indépendants

Press

Wine Advocate Issue 242 April 2019,
Joe Czerwinski April/19
l’Esprit de Provence features appealing notes of crushed stone, red berries and ripe citrus on the nose. It’s light to medium-bodied but silky in texture, with attractive hints of dried spices on the finish.

Jancis Robinson spring 2019
16 Lovely ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit - really generous and delicious with soft acidity but no lack of balance. Dry and glossy with a bit of orange-peel pith giving lovely zip. (RH)

Jancis Robinson spring 2018
17+ Palest pink gold. Excellent floral and red fruit concentration on the nose, with loads of concentration and weight on the palate, finished with a lovely leafy tone. This is excellent – really crams the fruit in without losing freshness, and has alluringly smooth texture. Superb! Comparable to the likes of Esclans – and potentially ageable for the short term too? (RH)

Guide Hachette 2018
2 Stars. A spirit of Provence that translates into a soft pink colour and an elegant and up-front nose, between peach and citrus. The prelude to a flattering mouth, all in roundness, with persistent fruitiness.

 Vintage 2016

Richard Hemming    
JancisRobinson.com 27/6/17

16,5 – Sweet red fruit and soft supple acid. Good amount of flavour here – more impressive in terms of clarity and concentration than most rosé. Has the right combination of ripeness, medium acid and fragrance on the finish.

Matthew Jukes  
Daily Mail 19th of August 2017
With superb complexity and magnificient restraint, this is a huge treat for all who manage to track it down.

Josh Raynolds  
Vinous - 90 points June 2017
Light vivid orange-pink. Expansive red berry, citrus fruit and floral aromas are complemented by a suggestion of chalky minerals. Silky and concentrated, offering intense raspberry, tangerine and white peach flavours that are given focus and spine by juicy acidity.

Vintage 2015


Wine Advocate

The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com, Mai/Juin 2016, Jeb Dunnuck
Impressive, the 2015 l’Esprit de Provence is gorgeously textured and seamless, with lots of white peach, orange
blossom and hints of salty minerality all emerging from this medium-bodied, impeccably balanced Rose. It’s a class
act and is well worth seeking out! 90 points.

BevXBevX, USA, May 2016
Score: 4 étoiles. Appearance : Brilliant, light peach color. Aromatics: the nose is fresh and compelling, offering scents of ripe citrus with tropical fruits and hints of raspberry and mineral. Flavor: The palate echoed the nose, delivering a vibrant fruit core with the red berries showing more prominence with red grapefruit and subtle tropical notes before finishing with a slightly pithy, citrus zest note. Intensity and texture: Medium-bodied and ideally balanced with a bright dose of acidity and tart fruits. Multi-layered and complex. We love the generous fruit and the ideal balance. This is a classic wine from the Côtes de Provence in southeast France. Serve chilled as an ideal summer aperitif or pair with summer salads and grilled fish. 91/100.

Guide Hubert
Guide Hubert : 110 Meilleurs Rosés de Provence 2016
Medium old pink rose. Nose of citrus fruits, with touches of garrigue. The palate is ample, aromatic, with a strength balanced by spices. Enjoy with a bouillabaisse. 5/5.

Wine AdvocateGuides des Vins de Provence 2016
Eye : Nice pale apricot. Nose : blackberry, peach, acidulous fruit, pomegranate, finely spiced. Palate: straight, clear and flavourful, pineapple, volume and generosity. Conclusion: an ample wine, rich and mature, which will satisfy each and everyone’s tastes. 4* A nice success.

Vintage 2013

 

Hamish Anderson, July 23rd 2015
It is a stunner with all the subtle, fine lines and red-berry fruit you expect, but with an extra hit of exotic, succulent fruit.

Wine Enthusiast91 points, Roger Voss, July 2015
Rounded and soft, this rich rosé is fruity while also perfumed. The blending of Syrah in the mix gives the wine a sense of power and concentration, making it an adequate partner at the dinner table.

Underground Wine LetterUnderground WineLetter – John Tilson, March 2015
Made with Grenache and Syrah there are just over 650 cases of this wine available for the US market. Pale salmon pink in color this rosé has a lovely floral perfume with hints of peach and melon. It is bright and crisp with subtle berry fruit and faint hints of citrus with floral notes. Elegant and beautifully balanced this is a delicious rosé –Outstanding $19

Vintage 2014

Decanter ReviewDecanter Magazine, August 2014
Outstanding: 18,5/20 (top scoring rosé of 2014)

Daily MailVintage 2014
Daily Mail June 21 2014 , Matthew Jukes
There seem to be more fine rosés on the shelves this year than before and this one is exceptional. With a beautiful, haunting nose of faint cherry and raspberry notes and a stunning, long finish this is summer sophistication in a glass – all we need now is the sun to emerge from behind the clouds!

Wine AccessVintage 2014
WineAcess June 2014 , Josh Raynolds 90 points, Stephen Tanzer
Light orange-pink. Fresh red berries and pit fruits on the fruity nose and in the mouth. Juicy and open-knit, offering lively strawberry and honeydew flavors and a firming jolt of orange pith. Firmer on the incisive finish, which clings with very good floral-tinged persistence!