2019 Berry Bros. & Rudd Provence Rosé by Château la Mascaronne

2019 Berry Bros. & Rudd Provence Rosé by Château la Mascaronne

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2019 Berry Bros. & Rudd Provence Rosé by Château la Mascaronne

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This pale pink has already sold out once this year but the new shipment is in. Tom Bove, the general manager of the estate since 1999, also managed Château Miraval until it was sold to Brangelina in 2012 and he clearly has a sure touch: this is a very good, and reassuring, wine.
Victoria Moore, The 20 best rosé wines to buy this summer, Daily Telegraph (May 2020) 

Château la Mascaronne – the property behind our own-label Provence Rosé – is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Côtes de Provence. Made with 100% organic fruit, the 2019 vintage is probably our best yet – the small berries delivering a juicy, concentrated and energetic wine with beautiful floral aromas. Notes of wild strawberry, redcurrant and red apple are balanced by refreshing pink grapefruit acidity. A saline core reflects the vines’ limestone and chalky terroir, as well as the nearby sea’s cooling influence. A highlight of what Provence has to offer, pair with fish, charcuterie or salads. Ready to drink now.
Fiona Hayes, Wine Buyer (March 2020)
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Chateau La Mascaronne

Chateau La Mascaronne

Chateau Mascaronne is located in rolling hills just outside the Medieval village of Le Luc. It lies half way between the Provencal towns of Brignoles and Fréjus, with St Tropez to the south-east and Chateau Miraval close by. I mention Miraval because it used to be owned by Tom Bove, who subsequently  bought Mascaronne in 1999, devoting a great deal of time and expat rigour  to the cultivation of its wild charms, somewhat  in the manner of  a Russell Crowe film or a Peter Mayle book. Tom  sold Miraval in 2012, allowing current owners Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie  to build a global brand onto the foundation of his brilliant efforts in the vineyards. Mr Bove is not, however,  averse to marketing opportunities himself; in the late 1970s he released a wine called Pink Floyd, a rosé naturally enough, to celebrate the  that the eponymous rock group had recorded part of their album ‘The Wall’ there. Terraces rather than walls adorn the pretty vineyards now…
 
Mascaronne has, if anything, even better terroir, tough and rocky and dramatically difficult to cultivate. The winemaker Laurence Berlemont is particularly keen on indigenous varietals for the white and rosés ( with Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle to the fore) but broadens the  perspective a little for the reds, which are here dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache. The local geological profile is dominated by rock (and Rolle), much of which has been painstakingly excavated to plant the vines; the average altitude is around 300 metres. All of the fruit is domaine-sourced and estate-bottled. The wines are organic, limited in production and uniformly excellent.

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Cotes de Provence

Cotes de Provence

Reputedly the source of Louis XIV’s favourite wines, Côtes de Provence lies in the south-east of Provence and overlaps with the Var department. Coteaux Varois is sandwiched between two parts of the Côtes de Provence appellation; the enclaves of CassisBandol and Palette are also nestled between pockets of land to the south and east of Côtes de Provence.

Eighty percent of the appellation’s production is dry rosé wine, distinguished by an inimitable pale-pink colour and elegant flavours. Cinsault and Grenache dominate in the region’s rosés, augmented with the occasional dash of the local, intensely aromatic Tibouren. The AOC regulations stipulate that at least 20 percent of a rosé blend must come from wine made using the saignée (literally, ‘bleeding’) method.

The remaining 20 percent of the region’s production is dedicated 15 percent to red and five percent to white wines. Following the Phylloxera epidemic known as the Great French Wine Blight in the late 1800s, much of Côtes de Provence was replanted with the high-yielding Carignan vine.

Since the late 1990s, a host of new, small, dynamic estates has started to focus on a new-wave style of red wines, characterised by full-fruit ripeness, concentration, and soft tannins and using ameliorateur varieties such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are gradually replacing the once ubiquitous Carignan.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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