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"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 Syrah are macerated together so that their personalities and qualities intermingle and we find that the reductive character of Syrah balances beautifully with the floral and sunny character, not to say oxidative, of Grenache.
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
"Vintage 2013 was a challenging but rewarding vintage in the Cotes de Provence. The winter was long and cold and followed by a wet spring. This disturbed the flowering and delayed early maturation of the vines. Grenache in particular suffered “coulure” (a poor “set”) resulting in low yields. June brought heat and sun and dry weather which brought relief and fostered maturation but it was clear that the harvest would be delayed. Sugar levels were low going into September but the vineyards enjoyed great health due to the mid-season good weather. A great Indian summer from mid September to mid October made the vintage and we were able to harvest ripe, healthy fruit though the crop was small. Harvest was very late: we finished picking on October 20th, the latest harvest in recent memory!
Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence has a bit less Grenache than in 2012 (around 30 %) but a bit more Cinsault (approximately 45%) and a touch of Syrah (25%). The wine is fresh, aromatic, delicate with vibrant, “juicy” acidity. We are very pleased with our 2013 Cotes de Provence rose! " -G and F.
"Aromas and flavors of white cherry, peach, strawberry and cantaloupe; hints of lavender and white stones."
"Savoury in tone. Quite a big wine but well balanced with a refreshing herbal aspect and cherry notes. Creamy weight and good acidity."
"...blends Grenache from vines on clay soils (for fruit) with Cinsault planted on sand and Syrah from limestone (for freshness and acidity). It has tasty rose water, white cherry and chalk notes, with a refined finish."
Score: 88 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
"This is a new wine from these enterprising ngociants. Fruity, crisp and light, it has a tangy orange zest texture that gives extra brightness. Very fresh and ready to drink."
"Glows with the exuberance of summer fruits- think raspberries, fraise du bois, cherries, tangerines- yet with enough substance, enough intensity, to stand up to Mediterranean food."
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