Bieler Rose Sabine 2008
Rosé from Provence, France
For years the Bieler family made fantastic rosés 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.
I must admit that I never felt that Cabernet Sauvignon was a proper rose grape but year after year, blending session after blending session, I've been proven wrong. In the Coteaux d'Aix, Cabernet Sauvignon brings a back bone to the wine that is super necessary. With this ‘08 vintage it's 60% of the blend with25% Grenache and 15% Syrah. The terrain is hilly and the soil is limestone dominated. 2008 is a less intense vintage that the previous years, meaning less color and fruit opulence. As a result there's more of a floral and citrus component and not quite as rich as palate as the last few years."
- Charles Bieler
International Wine Cellar - "Pale orange color. Dusty, mineral-driven aromas of redcurrant, wild strawberry and orange peel. Dry, tightly wound red berry and citrus flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up a bitter note of quinine. Firm, juicy and focused, with good finishing clarity and minerally persistence."
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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2 ratings, 2 with reviewscedralpass - San Francisco, CA49/8/2009I found this wine through blog.wine.com . Was a great hot evening pick. Drank some while cooking. Drank the rest while eating. Went very well with my cedar plank smoked salmon with dill sauce. Strong wine for a rose. Nice fruit tones.Rachel Mercer - Prosser, WA43/1/2010People are finally drinking rose'! Yay! This is a great 'starter' rose' for those who can't get over the idea that pink means sweet. This blend has a beautiful nose of strawberries and roses, but on the palate soft fruit notes linger with a crisp, clean finish. This is why rose's are so great--big, bold aroma, but soft, subtle flavors. Great on it's on--chilled, but not cold. Or pairs well with salads, egg dishes (quiche), and light asian fair (nothing too spicy).
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.
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