Bieler Rose Sabine 2008

Rose from Provence, France

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Item No. 98683
  • ST88

Winemaker's Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

"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."
88 Points

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Rating:
(9/10/2010)
People 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).
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Rating:
(9/28/2010)
I 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.
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Learn About Bieler

For years the Bieler family made fantastic roses and other wines under the Ch. Routas label in Provence, and Bieler Pere 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 rose made in the traditional fashion. The Coteaux d"Aix en Provence appellation is in the hills surrounding...

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Learn About Provence

Not just a destination for tourists and movie stars, Provence makes some delicious and easy-drinking wines. Most of these wines are rose - a dry, pale, pink style rose. The climate here is Mediterranean, with most of the vines planted on southern facing slopes to avoid the fierce Mistral winds. Thirteen varieties are permitted in the region, the most important for rose being...

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Learn About Rose

Rose(roe-ZAY) A Rose by Any Other Name Technically, a rose is an unfinished red wine, but the term seems so- secondary. Rose is a different sort of wine, with all the refreshing qualities of a white wine mixed with some characteristics of a red. It can be made from many different grape varietals and in many different regions, the most popular and successful being Southern France,...

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