La Mascaronne Côtes de Provence Rosé 2022 is pure Provence rosé, a blend of Cinsault 40%, Grenache 35%, Syrah 15% and Vermentino or Rolle 10%. 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 rhubarb 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 revitalised the estate since 1999, replanting vineyards and converting 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 dropping the Quat’ Saisons name; bringing back “Château” into the name emphasises the fact that all the grapes used are from the Mascaronne estate only. NBA star Tony Parker has also recently 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.”
How to enjoy this wine
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.
Serve at: 10 – 12oC
“In a challenging year that required great responsiveness, La Mascaronne’s terroir has produced a luminous vintage with great delicacy and beautiful balance. With bright pink and silver reflections, Château La Mascaronne Rosé 2022 expresses a beautiful intensity, between the delicacy of white peach and the vivacity of citrus fruits. Suave but structured, fruity and lively, the wine is pleasantly refreshing on the palate with notes of pineapple.”
One of Matthew Jukes’ delicious 2022 rosés – Mar 2023
“Climb the Provence Rosé ladder a few more rungs, and you will find one of the most hypnotic releases of the year. This is another 2022 with stunning buoyancy and fruit silkiness on the palate, and it is forward and drinking already, which is remarkable. There is so much class and elegance here it takes the breath away. Glittering fractals of flavour dance on the palate, and the calibre of fruit used in this wine is plain to see on both the nose and palate. Even the length leaves one gasping, and it underlines the fact that this wine is one of the permanent elite in the constellation of Provençal Rosé greats.
17 points – JancisRobinson.com – Mar 2023
“Very pale with a golden cast. Rose scented, creamy raspberry fruit. There’s a fullness to the weight and shape of the wine, yet it is also extraordinarily delicate, as if the berry fruit and softly subtle spices have been brushed on with a feather. The structure comes more from the taste and feel of smooth, wet river pebbles than any sense of acidity. Some blueberry, some lavender. A fine, fresh finish. A serious wine that restores my faith in Provence rosé.”
90 points – RobertParker.com – Jun 2023
“Michel Reybier from Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux and former NBA Star Tony Parker crafted an elegant yet powerful 2022 Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau La Mascaronne. With aromas of peach, pear, red berries, garrigue, spices and a touch of iodine, it’s fleshy, round and perfectly balanced with lively acidity. It features a mouthwatering, penetrating finish with a stony character.”