La Mascaronne ~ Quat' Saisons Côtes de Provence AOP Rosé 2017 & 2018

La Mascaronne ~ Quat' Saisons Côtes de Provence AOP Rosé 2017 & 2018
£17.50 / bottle£199.50 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: France
Grape variety: Cinsault
Grape variety: Grenache/ Garnacha
Grape variety: Shiraz/ Syrah
Wine region: Provence
Wine style: Fresh Rosés
Wine Type: Rosé Wines
Drink: now to 2021
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 13.5%
Organic

Tasting Notes

The story

The owner of La Mascaronne, Tom Bove, previously owned and revitalised Miraval, the now renowned estate owned by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. He 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.

With certified organic status from the 2018 vintage, 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."

Named Quat' Saisons or Four Seasons, this is a rosé for drinking all year round.


The wine

It took a lot of rosé tasting I can tell you to find the perfect Provence rosé wine with attitude. This is a pure Provence rosé wine with a typical blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes - in this instance 30%, 55% and 15% respectively.

As you might expect from Côtes de Provence this wine is a beautiful 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 redcurrant tones with floral and mineral notes. The wine is crisp, very refreshing and round in the mouth with a long floral and dry finish.


I have both of the equally beautiful 2017 & 2018 vintages (though just one case left of the 2017). If you have a preference - please make a note with your order, email me or I'll email you upon receiving your order to clarify.

Food Pairing

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.

Producer's Notes

"Appearance: Very beautiful and luminous pale peach. 

Nose : Subtle, distinguished by its complexity with aromas of white peach and citrus with a hint of lemon zest.

Taste : Well rounded, gourmand and smooth, accompanied by a delicate freshness

Finish: Wonderful long aftertaste."

Awards

2017 - 90 points     RobertParker.com     Jun 2018
"I was impressed by both of the La Mascaronne wines I tried, especially the Fazioli red. The 2017 Cotes de Provence Rose Quat'Saisons is also a fine effort, balancing ripe notions of peach and melon and a plump mid-palate with a crisp pineapple-zesty citrus finish."

2018 - 91 points     RobertParker.com     Apr 2019
"This organic producer clearly merits more attention. The 2018 Cotes de Provence Rose Quat'Saisons offers up hints of wet stone, fresh herbs and citrus on the nose, then adds red currant, cranberry and cherry on the light to medium-bodied palate. It unfolds nicely, yielding pleasant notes of white chocolate on the long, harmonious finish."

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!

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