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Chateau de Pampelonne Cotes de Provence Rose 2016

Rosé from Cotes de Provence, Provence, France
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12% ABV
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3.9 6 Ratings
12% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A supple, elegant Rose, with a complex, sharp bouquet and a powerful, fruity palate.

Pairs well with fish tartar, red mullet fillet, grilled sea bass.

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Starting out with a beautiful pastel pink color, the fresh and perky 2016 Château de Pampelonne Côtes de Provence Rosé glides gently onto the palate. The wine's racy red flavors invite a pairing with seared salmon. (Tasted: October 27, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Chateau de Pampelonne

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Chateau de Pampelonne, Cotes de Provence, Provence, France
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The magnificent 17th century Chateau de Pampelonne borders the famous French Riviera beach same name in the commune of Ramatuelle, near Saint Tropez. The estate has been in the Gasquet-Pascaud family since 1840, when it was purchased by Gasquet ancestor Andre Folco, treasure for Napoleon III. Throughout the 50 hectare estate, the soil - composed of 80% sand - combine with maritime influences to favor the concentration of the grapes during maturation.

Cotes de Provence

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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.

Rosé Wine

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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.

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