2016 Made in Provence Classic Rosé Domaine Sainte Lucie
|Grapes||Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault|
The 2016 MiP* is all that one has come to expect from Guillaume Philip's archetype of a modern Provence Rosé. Made from vineyards that run right up to the Mont Saint Victoire, it is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. Pale as anything, with a very pretty rose-petal pink, this wine has more aroma and flavour - red fruit and juicy peach - than you might expect from the look. The texture is all gliding suppleness from start to finish, with more substance than many look-a-likes, all expressed in a fresh, bright delicacy. Rating: 90-94 L&S (Mar 2017)
*Case Price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Domaine Sainte Lucie
A domaine with wonderful vineyard holding on the dry stony lower slopes of the Provençal icon mountain, the Mont Saint Victoire. Forty hectares of vines with an average age of thirty-five. These deep soils can only support vines, and are perfect for the production of low yields and fine wines.
The domaine was created in 1978 by Michel Fabre, but it is his children, fresh from their studies in winemaking and marketing who have given it the recent boost in quality of production and original presentation.
The Domaine Sainte Lucie wines are made from a mix of Grenache and Syrah, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Cinsault, and the rosés get an addition of Vermentino (Rolle) which adds a bright floral expression.
What separates this refreshing rosé from its Côtes de Provence competitors is its one-fifth syrah component, hence its gorgeous pink peppercorn scent and fine garrigue herb finish. Jane MacQuitty, The Times (Jul 2017)
This supremely elegant rosé has become a modern classic. It is shimmering and delicate but has hidden power. Made with estate-grown grapes and the quality shows. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (May 2017)
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