Mathilde Chapoutier Cotes de Provence Rose 2018
Pale pink in color, this rosé is fruit-forward and well-structured with bright acidity. Aromas of peach, citrus and tropical fruit lead to a round, delicious palate with flavors of stone fruit and a silky mouthfeel.
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Limpid orange-pink. Bright and sharply focused on the nose, displaying intense cranberry, pomegranate, blood orange and floral scents and a vibrant mineral overtone. Lithe and nervy in the mouth, showing juicy red berry, citrus fruit and floral character and a deeper cherry note that emerges on the back half. Finishes smooth and dry, displaying a repeating mineral note and strong, floral-tinged persistence.
Orange blossom, white peach, and spice notes all emerge from the 2018 Côtes De Provence Grand Ferrage Rose, a juicy, vibrant rosé that has a distinct sense of minerality. Based on Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Rolle, it’s another smoking good rosé I’d be happy to drink.
Mathilde Rose appeals to wine lovers who simply wish to enjoy the Dry style rosé from the famous Côtes de Provence region, known for its aromatic, sophisticated table wines.
Growing up on the slopes of Hermitage with her father, renowned winemaker Michel Chapoutier, Mathilde has uninhibited approach to wine and an uncomplicated conception of taste. The Mathilde Chapoutier Rose is an accessible wine that pairs perfectly with home cooking or "bistronomic" cuisine.
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.