Cotes de Provence Rosé 2019


H&B Provence rosé in the basket of a picnic among lavender fields and olive trees or just before a gentle nap in the shadow of a hundred years old plane tree while lulled by the song of the cicadas… H&B Provence rosé along for a play of pétanque on a nice little square of a Provence village… H&B Provence rosé in the heat of the long summer evenings when chatting and having fun with friends near the pool.

Vinification: We focused our selections on the cooler parts of the upper Provence vineyards where the oak and olive tree forests protect the vines planted in the clay-limestone soils and, in some ways, seem to nourish them. The higher altitudes also allow a full maturity without excessive sugars (and therefore alcoholic degree in the finished wines). Blend is completed with grapes from the limestone foothills of Montagne Sainte Victoire, whose wines are almost marked by a vivacious and persistent minerality. Very fresh Cinsault planted a few meters from the Mediterranean Sea in La Londe des Maures are introduced to bring a subtle salty and anise expression.

Vines are harvested at night between 3.00am and 9.00am in order to avoid oxidation and to preserve all of the fresh characteristics of the terroir and varietal. 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 oxidative natural character of Grenache.

Additional Information

For our H&B 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 fennel, anise and purple flowers. We love just sipping this wine out on our garden in Aix-en-Provence. Grab a glass with some friends and taste with a fougasse, some anchovies and even some Salonenque olives.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Provence
  • Winemaker: Gregory Hecht & Francois Bannier
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Clay, Limestone
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml, 6/1.5L, 1/3L
  • Varietals: 45% Cinsault, 45% Grenache, 10% Vermentino

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    Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
    "Bright orange-pink. Pungent red berry and floral aromas reveal subtle orange and pit fruit notes as the wine opens up. Chewy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry, red currant and nectarine flavors that deepen and turn sweeter with air. Shows fine finishing clarity and persistence and leaves a sappy red fruit note behind."
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