2018 Élite Rosé Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire Domaine des Diables

Grapes Syrah, Grenache
Colour Rosé
Origin France, Provence
Other Vegetarian
Sub-district Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire
ABV 13%

Tip top cuvee from MIP and impressive from the off. Quite regal in its haughty delivery, structured and broad it has layers of peach, cherry and redcurrant fruit, a gentle touch of tannic bite, but plenty of sappy acid. A wine that proves how fine these Provencal rosés really can be. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022 L&S (Mar 2019)

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Grape varieties: 60% Syrah - 40% Grenache

Vinification method: Made with grapes from the vines closest to the Mont Sainte-Victoire. Skin-contact maceration for five hours at cold temperatures, pressing with protection against oxidation, low temperature fermentation.

Ageing: Six months on fine lees.

Tasting: This wine with its rosewood coloured robe has a subtle nose which is pure, straightforward and harmonious, combining notes of red fruit with the soil's inherent minerality. Round attack on the palate with pleasant balance and a full-bodied and persistent finish.

Food pairings: Ideal accompaniment for mixed grills (white and red meats), spiced dishes (stir fry, paella, couscous) or simply as an aperitif. This wine is the perfect partner for Mediterranean or oriental cuisine.

Conservation: Drink within two years of vintage. A rosé wine which is even more enjoyable while soaking up the last rays of the summer.

Winemaker's notes (Apr 2019)

Domaine des Diables

Domaine des Diables – ‘the devils’- is owned and run by Guillaume and Virginie Philip, and is the home of the MiP* (*Made in Provence) labels as well as Les Petits Diables and Rosé BonBon. Virginie and Guillaume met at Montpellier wine school, and their first production, based on grapes from Virginie's father's vineyard at the foot of The Mont Saint Victoire, was in 2006, from the 2005 vintage. L&S has been their sole UK importer since the 2007 vintage.

Domaine des Diables has won nine consecutive Prix d'Excellence awards at the Concours Général Agricole. This special award is given in recognition of the best ratio of medals to samples presented to the competition and this astonishing record means that their son Paul, born in 2010, has shaken hands with three ministers of agriculture. The MiP* wines are regular winners of awards in all the competitions they have entered in the last ten years.

The vineyards are cultivated in a sustainable, eco-friendly way, bordering on organic farming, with careful monitoring for disease problems so that interventions are kept to the minimum. In the cellar it is all about cleanliness and use of technology to keep the wines as pure and aromatic as possible, so it is fully equipped with pressing under inert gas, tangential filter, and temperature control.

The grapes are harvested at night or in the early morning so as to save energy needed to cool them, and protected from oxidation with dry ice, reducing the need for added sulphites. The grapes are either directly pressed or given a short maceration on the skins, but Guillaume has his own little tricks which he keeps secret, which make for the particularly aromatic expression of the Domaine's wines. Bottling is also highly technical, with the bottles corked under a vacuum.

All the wines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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