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Les Vins Breban L'Opale de La Presqu'ile de St-Tropez Provence 2012

Rosé from Provence, France
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Winemaker Notes

Pale pink in color, with sparkles of gray; a deliciously refined nose of spring flowers; mid-palate, floral notes continue with a hint of lemon; good length on the palate. A fresh, pleasant wine.

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Offers a deft balance of luscious minerality, vibrant red fruit flavors and rich, spicy notes. Ripe melon and candied citrus fill the finish, accompanied by hints of cream and salted almond. Drink now through 2015
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Les Vins Breban

Les Vins Breban

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Les Vins Breban, Provence, France
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Jean-Jacques Breban, Chairman and CEO of the House of "Vins Breban", inherited his passion for fine wines from his father, Raymond Breban.

In 1952, the company founder, Raymond Breban discovered the wines of Provence and decided to devote his life to the production and promotion of quality wines in Provence.

By 1960, he had established key partnerships with two wineries and built lasting relationships with consumers and winemakers that endure to this day. The production of wines of Provence, their growth, development, and marketing are the heart of the business of the House of "Vins Breban."

Jean-Jacques Breban, the son of Raymond Breban, took the reins of the company in 1968. He continues to work with an unparalleled commitment to produce excellence. Under the leadership of J. J. Breban, the House relies on principles of quality, authenticity, respect for culture and farming. J. J. Breban is on a constant, never ending quest, to discover new flavors that will faithfully portray the best of past and present winemaking traditions.

Provence

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More than just a European vacation hotspot and the rosé capital of the world, Provence is a coastal, southeastern French appellation increasingly producing interesting wines of all colors. The warm, breezy Mediterranean climate is ideal for grape growing and the diverse terrain and soil types allow for a variety of wine styles within the region. Adjacent to the Rhône Valley, Provence shares some characteristics with its northwestern neighbor—namely, the fierce Mistral wind and the plentiful wild herbs (such as rosemary, lavender, juniper and thyme) often referred to as ‘garrigue.’ The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, followed by Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.

Provence is internationally acclaimed for its dry, refreshing, pale-hued rosé wines, which make up the vast majority of the region’s production. These are typically blends, often dominated by Mourvèdre and supplemented by Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren, and other varieties.

A small amount of full-bodied, herbal white wine is made here—particularly from the Cassis appellation, from Clairette and Marsanne. Other white varieties used throughout Provence include Roussane, Sémillon, Vermentino (known locally as Rolle) and Ugni blanc.

Perhaps the most interesting wines of the region, however, are the red wines of Bandol. Predominantly Mourvèdre, these are powerful, structured, and ageworthy wines with lush berry fruit and savory characteristics of earth and spice.

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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