Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016
"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
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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!
- Appellation: Provence
- Winemaker: Gregory Hecht & Francois Bannier
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Clay, Limestone
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- Alcohol: 13%
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- Varietals: 45% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 25% Syrah
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Jeb Dunnuck (dot com) Rating: 90
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
This team has made a fabulous 2016 Cotes de Provence Rose and it offers classic raspberry, orange peel and salty citrus characteristics in its fresh, clean, downright classy style. Drink it anytime over the coming summer.
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 89
Author: Roger Voss
Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
This is a stylish wine. It has fine acidity and light poised fruity character. With plenty of orange zest and a herbal touch, this blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah is a generous wine, ready to drink now.
Vinous Rating: 89
Author: Josh Raynolds
Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Pale orange. Bright and energetic on the nose, featuring mineral-inflected red fruit, floral and herb scents. Concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red currant flavors and a touch of bitter quinine that firms the back half. Closes taut, dry and chewy, displaying good persistence and a subtle hint of lavender.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 Rating: 92
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Ripe raspberry, red apple notes; good intensity and weight, fresh acidity, nice complexity with lovely fleshy pears and mineral notes.
Decanter Rating: 92
Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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