Figuiere Cotes de Provence Premiere Rose 2021
Figuière aims for tight wines that express the unique terroir of coastal Provence. Première Rosé shows complex aromas and flavors of nectarine, thyme and lavender, and white flowers. The wine has a persistent freshness thanks to cooling breezes from the Mediterranean and an underpinning of salty minerality thanks to La Londe’s distinctive schist soils. The refreshing character of Provençal rosé with its bright acidity and moderate level of alcohol make it the ideal partner to the simply prepared cuisine of the Mediterranean. Serve this wine with crudités and anchovy sauce, marinated red bell peppers and a crudo of sea bass with lemon and peppercorn.
Blend: 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, 10% Cabernet
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Overlooking the Iles d'Or off the French Riviera, nestled in a 210 acre vineyard that has been organic for almost 40 years, Figuière is a family-owned Domaine that captures the vast aromatic complexity of this irreplaceable protected natural environment, all its mineral potency and inspiration to craft signature wine collections steeped in tradition yet driven by innovation. Sun-drenched wines that express a love for the land of Provence.
Cotes de Provence is an extensive but valuable appellation that includes vineyards bordering the main Provencal appellations. Its sites vary from subalpine hills, which receive the cooling effects of the mountains to the north, to the coastal St-Tropez, a region mainly influenced by the warm Mediterranean sunshine.
Here the focus is 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 as well. 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. 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 depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.