Bieler Pere et Fils Rose 2010
Rosé from Provence, France
The wine is pale salmon with a touch of copper in color.
Aromas are dominated by raspberry, watermelon, and orange peel with underlying savory tones of spice and herbes de Provence.
The flavors almost intensify on the palate and it's broader than you would expect. The aromas carry through to the palate and are added to mouth watering acidity and a finish that lingers. The varietal mix is the following: 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet.
Wine Spectator - "Shows some power, with dried berry and melon flavors joining savory herb and sea salt notes. The tight finish offers hints of lime. Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. 9000 cases imported."
Wine & Spirits - "An easy, summery rose, this is light and mineral, with fennel notes woven through its peach and orange flavors. For curried chicken salad sandwiches and other picnic fare."
For years the Bieler family made fantastic roses and other wines under the Ch. Routas label in Provence, and Bieler Père et Fils continues that tradition. Located in the heart of southern France on the sunny hills of Provence, this is a fresh, polished and DRY style of rosé made in the traditional fashion.
The Coteaux d’Aix en Provence appellation is in the hills surrounding the town of Aix and is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah verses the more Grenache and Cinsault dominated roses of the Cotes de Provence appellation (which is the larger Provence growing area). We focused in on the Aix region as we felt that it was the perfect ‘steel fist in the velvet glove’ type balance as it yields something with a little more power but all the finesse and beauty that you’d expect from the other parts of Provence. View all Bieler Wines
About ProvenceView a map of Provence wineries Grenache and Cinsault. A move is being made to bring in more varieties, like Syrah, to increase the quality of the wines.
Notable FactsThe most important appellation is Côtes de Provence, where about 80% of the production is the typical style rose. Unfortunately, the easy-drinking aspect does not translate to the price – some of these wines are a bit pricey for drink-today wines. Some producers are making a shift to higher quality while others are selling their wines at a bargain. Either way, Côtes de Provence rose is a delicious match with any provence-style garlic-y cuisine. Other appellations to note include Bandol, Bellet, Les Baux-de-Provence, Cassis and Côteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Though Côtes de Provence rules in amount of wine produced, the quality appellation to know is Bandol. Mostly red and mostly Mourvedre, the wines of Bandol are able to age a few years, like many a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but also enjoyed in their youth.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.