Clos Clementine Cotes de Provence Rose 2011
Rosé from Provence, France
From one of the finest and oldest wine regions in the world, Cotes de Provence, this designated AOC Rose wine is rooted in traditions that have been carried from generation to generation. Clementine is made by the delicate process of extracting the best part of the fruit to maintain a balance between clarity, color and vibrant aromas.
Clementine is a dry Rose that dances along the palate, while bringing freshness to the mind; to be enjoyed as an aperitif, with poultry, fish and meat.
Blend: 30% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 30% Tibouren, 10% Syrah
Wine & Spirits - "A collaboration between St. Helena-born Steve Veytia, Bordeaux winemaker Thomas Capedeville and Pierre Arosteguy, the owner of a 137-year-old epicerie in Biarritz, this is a fresh, firm rose with a distinctively Provencal feel. A blend of roughly equal parts tibouren, cinsault and grenache with 10 percent syrah, it’s fragrant and light, the sweetness of the cherry fruit countered with a pleasantly bitter almond and herbal tone. Pack some ham sandwiches and set out for a picnic."
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About ProvenceGrenache 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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