"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
Well balanced wine with great acidity and a refined finish. It has tasty rose water and chalk notes, with flavors of white cherry, peach, strawberry and cantaloupe. Fruity, crisp, fresh and ready to drink!
Score: 89 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Light orange. Fresh red berries, blood orange and white flowers on the perfumed nose. Silky and seamless in texture, offering juicy raspberry and tangerine flavors with a refreshingly bitter edge. Closes dry and taut, showing good persistence and an echo of orange pith.
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Roger Voss
Based in Aix-en-Provence, this negociant company has sourced a beautiful wine from cool vineyards in the northern part of the Cotes de Provence region. The result is a lightly mineral wine with a crisp red-currant heart that is refreshing and good for an aperitif.
The world's largest wine region producing dry ros, Provenal ros is incredibly expressive and sets the standard. One of my favorite producers is Hecht & Bannier. Their pale pink Ctes de Provence Ros has great acidity, minerality and lovely flavors of raspberry, pink grapefruit, rose water, and a subtle touch of lavender.
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
"Lively, with a savory hint, offering fresh white peach and white cherry flavors. A watermelon rind edge gives the finish a taut spine."
"A delightfully fresh and easy to drink Syrah-Grenache blend with ripe red fruits, herbs, touches of lime peel and pink grapefruit. Subtle and complex."
The Hecht & Bannier Ros 2015, Ctes de Provence, feels as summery as a fresh breeze stirring in a meadow of wild flowers on a warm afternoon. Particularly if that meadow tops a cliff that slopes toward the azure Mediterranean. (Cue birdsong, picnic baskets, white sails in the distance.) Made from a blend of 45 percent grenache grapes, 40 percent cinsault and 15 percent syrah, the wine offers a classic pale salmon-onion skin hue and pert aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with a background of dried thyme and orange rind and a note of damp flint. That flinty aspect burgeons from mid-palate back through the finish, lending to a delicious, but spare and lithe ros, the necessary spine for tensile strength, not to mention crystalline acidity for liveliness. A few moments in the glass open hints of rose petals, peaches and Rainier cherries, as well as a talc-like softness on the tongue. The primarily impression is of freshness, delicacy and nuance with exquisite balance among energy, crispness and elegance. Aw, dont think so hard about it; just enjoy. 12.5 percent alcohol. Drink now through 2016. Excellent.
"Primarily from grenache and cinsault grapes, the wine is fresh and spicy with flavors of ripe strawberries and white pepper around the edges."
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