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H&B Provence - Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020

Overview

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 Details edit

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
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  • Alcohol: 13%
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  • Pack Size: 12/750ml, 6/1.5L, 1/3L
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  • Varietals: 45% Cinsault, 45% Grenache, 10% Vermentino

Recent News edit

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 91

Author: Roger Voss

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021

"This delicate, perfumed wine is balanced, ripe with warm red fruits and a touch of caramel. Lightness and lively crispness offset the rich fruitiness. Drink now. Organic."

The Wine Advocate Rating: 90

Author: Joe Czerwinski

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021

"This négociant specializing in the South of France has turned out a solid 2020 Cotes de Provence Rosé. A blend of 60% Grenache, 15% each Cinsault and Syrah and 10% Rolle (Vermentino), it offers up scents of spiced peaches enlivened by hints of lime zest. It's medium-bodied, silky in texture and long and nuanced on the finish."

Wine Spectator Online Rating: 90

Author: Gillian Sciaretta

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021

"This elegant, refined and refreshing rosé offers a supple texture, sporting vivid melon, tangerine zest, white cherry and rose water notes flanked with mineral undertones that give way to a spicy finish. Grenache, Cinsault and Vermentino. Drink now. 25,000 cases made, 13,000 cases imported."