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This is pure Provence rosé, a blend of Grenache 40%, Cinsaut 25%, Syrah 20% and Vermentino 15%. As you might expect from Côtes de Provence this wine is a beautiful very pale salmon colour but whilst it looks quite delicate, the aromas and flavours are fairly intense - stone fruits including mild peach and pear, citrus, grapefruit with some white raspberry and redcurrant tones with floral and mineral notes. The wine is crisp, very refreshing and round in the mouth with a long floral and stony dry finish.
Château La Mascaronne was sold in 2019 to Michael Reybier of second growth Bordeaux estate, Cos d’Estournel, as he was convinced by the potential of La Mascaronne especially following the restoration carried out in the vineyard by Tom Bove, the previous owner. Tom had managed and revitalised the estate since 1999, as well as Château Miraval selling that in 2012 to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. At La Mascaronne, Bove replanted vineyards and converted to organic farming – gaining certification in 2016. Only a short time after Tom took over the estate, winemaker Nathalie Longefay was producing award-winning wines including this wine which used to be known as Quat' Saisons or Four Seasons, a rosé for drinking all year round. In 2019 RobertParker.com said that La Mascaronne is an organic producer that "clearly merits more attention". Cos d’Estournel clearly thought so too and promised not to make too many changes - apart from a new look label and the Quat' Saisons name which is less prominent. In a recent development NBA star Tony Parker has invested in La Mascaronne.
With fully certified organic status La Mascaronne practises sustainability in all aspects of its vineyard management and winemaking processes and works with respect for the environment and balance of the ecosystem. "Long renowned for the quality of our wines due to the unique terroir - chalk/clay hills completely covered with small stones - and ideal climate, the recent major investment in wine making technology and viticulture is yielding wines of an exciting excellence."
This is a great wine for drinking as an aperitif or with food; it is so versatile that it is easier to list the foods that you might want to avoid with this wine - butter based sauces, creamy sauces, curry, strong cheeses.
When enjoyed young, Château La Mascaronne Rosé is delightful before or with a meal. But it is also marvelous after several years of aging, a more unusual feat for a rosé wine. The wine’s luminous pink hue makes it immediately identifiable as a Provence wine and is like a foretaste of the luscious, complex aromas of fresh, ripe fruit that it delivers.”
This wine’s endearing hallmark flavours are English rhubarb, pomegranate arils and delicate pink melon tones balanced by crystalline acidity. While I tend to single out grenache-dominant wines in my scribblings, La Mascaronne is made from 40% grenache, 25% cinsault, 20% syrah and 15% vermentino. This layering of ingredients brings the kaleidoscopic flavours found in this divine creation."
91 points James Suckling Mar 2022
"It's medium-bodied with bright acidity and succulent layers of ripe fruit. Juicy and packed with flavor, yet fresh and elegant. From organically grown grapes."
Pale rosé with quite a complex nose - stone fruits, citrus, flowers, minerality, and a hint of redcurrant. A very refreshing light to medium-bodied rosé, for drinking all year round, not just in the summer!