Domaine La Grande Bauquière, B by La Grande Bauquière, Côtes de Provence Rosé, France, 2021
The Sainte Victoire Mountains, a bright white line of rocks that was the inspiration to the painters Van Gogh, Cézanne and many others, slices through the sky, protecting the domaine from the worst ravages of the Mistral wind.
This 80 hectare domaine is protected from the wind by rows of tall trees whilst streams meander between them and through the vineyards. This creates an idyllic land full of biodiversity. Unsurprising then that the names of their beautiful rosé wines refer to moments of surprise and suspense. Subtle, delicate wines that are refined and full of vibrant red berry fruit with harmonious elegant finishes are supreme examples of the classic Provencal style.
The exceptional terroir is set apart by its deep limestone and clay-sandstone soils from the Miocene era (also known as ‘safres’, or silt), as well as deep soils composed of ancient alluvial deposits with small stones, excellent for the production of great wines.
Harvested at night in order to preserve the primary aromas of the grape variety, then a reductive wine making process where the juice is protected from oxidation from the start, followed by pneumatic pressing with nitrogen. Selection of the pressed juices and cold settling for 48 hours. Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation (16°) with no malolactic fermentation.
No oak ageing
Fresh and appealing, this lychee coloured wine offers white flowers and red berries on the nose with a hint of grapefruit. The flavours are complex, dominated by ripe tropical fruits and balanced by a lovely mineral structure.
An excellent aperitif, or with summer dishes of sea food, barbecues and exotic flavours.
6 x 75cl