Chateau De Berne Cotes de Provence Rose 2017
The faintest of pinks in color almost pastel in likeness with some light red currant highlights. The nose is complex with delicate aromas of cherry and raspberry and light unexpected notes of mint and herbs like anise. This is an exquisite dry wine first, a rosé second. It has similar aromatic complexity on the palate. Lean with flavors of cranberry and raspberry accented by an elegant mineral finish from the limestone of the terroir. A truly elegant Provençal rosé.
Blend: 70% Grenache Noir, 20% Cinsault, and 10% other.
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This single-vineyard wine comes from a high-elevation parcel, giving a wine with a crisp, bright and tight character. Red-currant fruits, layers of acidity and zesty texture come together in a wine that could develop further. Try waiting until the end of 2018.
Berne's 2017 Cotes de Provence Rose Chateau de Berne is the most mineral-laced of the company's bottlings, with scents of crushed stone dominating the nose. Hints of melon, peach and citrus peek through, but even the medium-bodied palate resists being stereotyped as fruity, providing a plump, appealing texture without overt fruitiness, instead offering an appealing austerity that tastes more like citrus pith or zest than flesh.
Chateau de Berne is a 1,500-acre private estate, situated in the heart of rural Provence but still only 25 miles north of St Tropez, close to the village of Lorgues. Dating back to the 18th century, it is a truly exceptional site, promoting relaxation and wellbeing around two main themes: Provence and Wine. It is the ideal choice for today's Wine Tourism travellers.
An idyllic destination : The Chateau de Berne is a genuine haven of peace and hospitality with a 5-star hotel "Relais & Chateaux", a Cinq Mondes Spa, a gastronomic restaurant from local celebrity chef Benjamin Collombat, a wine visitor centre and cellar tour as well as access to a wide range of leisure and sports activities on our 1500-acre of unspoilt wilderness. Chateau de Berne is truly a unique place.
Due to the work of all the Chateau de Berne's team, the wines are among the most recognized and appreciated wines from Provence with fantastic critical ratings and unique bottle shapes, including the iconic square bottle. They ask that you, "Come and visit us in Provence!"
Cotes de Provence is an extensive but valuable appellation that includes vineyards bordering the main Provence appellations and extending all the way east to the border of Italy. Its sites vary from subalpine hills, which receive the cooling effects of the mountains to the north, to the coastal St-Tropez, a warm Mediterranean wine-producing region.
Here there is a new focus on quality rosé, as it defines four fifths of the region’s wines. Following in the rosé footsteps, a lot of new effort is going into the region’s red production. A new generation has turned its focus on high quality Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. Cotes de Provence white wines, which represent a miniscule part of the region as far as volume, are nonetheless worthy of consideration and can include any combination of Clairette, Semillon, Ugni Blanc and Vermentino.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. It is produced throughout the world from a vast array of grape varieties, but the most successful sources are California, southern France (particularly Provence), and parts of Spain and Italy.
Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color will depend on the grape variety and the winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta. These wines are typically fresh and fruity, fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel to preserve the primary aromas and flavors. Most rosé, with a few notable exceptions, should be drunk rather young, within a few years of the vintage.