Cotes de Provence Rosé 2012

Hecht & Bannier

"For our selection, we focused on the cooler parts of the vineyard from the limestone foothills of Montagne Sainte Victoire, whose wines are almost marked by a vivacious and persistent minerality, to the vineyards of upper Provence. There, the clay-limestone soils and the oak and olive forests protect the vines and, in some ways, seem to nourish them. The higher altitudes also allow full maturity without excessive sugars (and therefore alcoholic degree in the finished wines).

Our vineyards are harvested at night between 3.00am and 9.00am in order to avoid oxidation and to preserve all of the fresh characteristics of vineyard and varietal. And it is our personal decision to avoid excessive maceration and extraction leading to wines that are at once concentrated but not opaque. Grenache and Cinsault are macerated together so that their personalities and qualities intermingle.

For our Cotes de Provence rosé we take a path quite apart from the one we follow for our Languedoc rosé with its high proportion of Syrah. We have sought a Provence rosé of immense charm and minerality redolent of dried herbs and mountain flowers." -Gregory Hecht

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  • Wine Image Nick on Wine Author: Nick Passmore
    Date: Monday, November 18, 2013

    "Pale, and unusual in a Provence ros, more orange than pink in color. I have tried, but never been able to detect, a correlation in taste profiles between pink-tinged Provence ros and their orange-tinged siblings, but the research does provide an excellent opportunity to taste a wide range of these lovely wines.

    This version just glows with the exuberance of summer fruits think raspberries, fraise du bois, cherries, tangerines yet it also boasts enough substance, enough intensity, enough weight to stand up to rich flavor of turkey. This is not your anemic, swimming pool Provence ros of old." Read the full review here

    Grade: "Wine of the Week"
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    "This ros features a savory edge, showing flavors of dried berry, sage and sea salt. Offers citrus notes on the crisp and clean finish. Drink now. 500 cases imported."

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Wine Review Online Author: Michael Apstein
    Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    The foil disc on top hides the closure so its not quite clear whether you need a corkscrew. You dont. Once you remove the plastic neck label, which takes the foil disc with it, an easy-to-remove glass stopper twists off. Whats in the bottle is more than worth the confusion involved in getting to its contents. This refreshing ros has real character. A zippy spiciness harmonizes with wild strawberries-like nuances. It would be a good match for causal summer time fare such as a salad Nioise.

  • Wine Image Author: Joe Roberts
    Date: Monday, June 24, 2013

    Cherry, citrus and flowers made to make friends and influence palates.

    Grade: B

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