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Ultimate Provence UP Rose 2017
The Ultimate Provence vineyard spans 100 acres around the town of La Garde Freinet, at the northern foot of Notre Dame des Anges chapel. Set in wild countryside and bordered by a vast evergreen oak forest, the vineyard is characterised by shallow soil, laid on a waterproof subsoil sandstone slab. This excellent terroir is nourished with a natural compost of oak leaves and vine stalks. The plots are marked out with grassy areas.
Blend: 45% Grenache Noir, 35% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 5% Rolle
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Extremely pale, vivid pink. Bright, racy and focused on the nose, displaying fresh red berry and orange zest scents and a suave floral overtone. Dry and light on its feet, offering tangy redcurrant and strawberry flavors and a tangerine quality that builds as the wine opens up. Shows strong, minerally cut on the finish, which lingers with strong, floral-driven tenacity.
Much more than a simple vineyard, Ultimate Provence is a genuine experiential world offering a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere allowing visitors to discover Provence and its wines in a delightfully original setting. At Ultimate Provence, the gentle pace of the seasons and vines help to provide fun experiences and enriched encounters.
The Ultimate Provence vineyard spans 100 acres around the town of La Garde Freinet, at the northern foot of Notre Dame des Anges chapel. It is set in wild countryside and bordered by a vast evergreen oak forest. Ultimate Provence’s contemporary, luminous bottles are inspired by the vineyards light, bright spirit provided by such a magnificent landscape
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.