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The owner of La Mascaronne, Tom Bove, previously owned and revitalised Miraval, the estate now renowned for being owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Tom kept hold of La Mascaronne however because he was so inspired by the great potential of its terroir; in Tom's words "La Mascaronne has one of the finest terroir in the Côtes de Provence appellation". In a short time award winning wines were being produced and they are now served in many restaurants in Paris, London and the South of France. In 2019 RobertParker.com said that La Mascaronne is an organic producer that "clearly merits more attention".
Now with fully certified organic status 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."
It took a lot of tasting to find the perfect Provence rosé wine with attitude. This is pure Provence, a blend of 40% Grenache, 20% Cinsault and 20% Syrah. 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. The 2018 was awarded 91 Parker Points and there is no reason why this vintage should not score as highly if it is put forward for scrutiny. Named Quat' Saisons or Four Seasons, this is a rosé for drinking all year round.
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.
"Beautiful pale colour yet with intense nose of peach and lemon with large depth of flavour and remarkably long finish."
92 points RobertParker.com May 2020 "Ultra pale and coppery-hued, La Mascaronne's certified-organic 2019 Cotes de Provence Rose Quat'Saisons is a blend of Cinsault and Grenache. Like previous vintages, it starts with notes of crushed stone and citrus, then adds the merest hints of red fruit. It's medium-bodied but focused and streamlined, coming to an elongated, mouthwatering, complex finish that adds peach, melon and anise to the mix.”
RobertParker.com Apr 2019 "This organic producer clearly merits more attention.”
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!