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.
Chalky and limy clay at 250 meters altitude.
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.
Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah
Sustainable farming techniques and we are expecting HV3 certification by end of 2020.
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.
2019: 24th Grand International Wine Award – Gold Medal
2018: Rosé World Championship – Gold Medal
2017: The Global Rosé Masters, Silver Medal
2016: Rosé World Championship – Silver medal
2015: Gold Medal, Vignerons Indépendants
2015: Decanter World Wine Award – Silver Medal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BevX, 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 : 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.
Guides 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.
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.
91 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 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
Decanter Magazine, August 2014
Outstanding: 18,5/20 (top scoring rosé of 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!
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!