2019 Élite Rosé Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire Domaine des Diables
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As the name Elite might suggest this is the top cuvee from Guillaume and as such has the most to give. Here things are more nuanced, floral, a touch spicy, citrus and then layered red fruit intensity. Bolder and more structured in the mouth with cherry stone, peach, strawberry and rosehip. The acidity is bold but slakes your thirst and is supported by a richness of fruit, underpinned by lovely supple textured mouthfeel, very satisfying. Drinking range: 2020 - 2022 L&S (Apr 2020)
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Slightly mineral, refreshing nose. Dry finish. Racy and appetising – gets the saliva flowing. I can see how it gets its name. Drinking range: 2020 - 2021 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2021)
Try the delicious 2019 L’Hydropathe Rosé, a gorgeous, smoky, pink peppercorn, syrah-dominant wine from St Victoire, a prime Provençal spot.Jane MacQuitty, The Times(May 2020)
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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