2020 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. L&S (Mar 2021)
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Very pale – silver with the faintest hint of pink. Intense tropical fruit on the nose – passion fruit, guava, green mango – along with a little hint of gooseberry. Racy and precise, that tropical fruit cut into silvery slivers with a scalpel. A wine like the glitter of light on deep-metallic-blue water; that tastes of salt and quinine rinsed with lemon; that hints at spice and white pepper; that draws firm, fine, almost urgently definite lines into the long finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2023 Rating: 17 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2021)
Seriously delicious, tangy, herbaceous and pink grapefruit-edged - worth every penny of £20.95.Jane MacQuitty, The Times (May 2021)
A little more obscure, spicy and awkward, this is another wine that is a little closed and a little more structured and it certainly needs some time to iron out its acidity. I am not mad about the bottle shape either, but I know loads of people love its daring! Strangely, I think this is a wine that will taste more balanced in twelve months than it does now (hence the ‘plus’ in the score). But either way, it certainly makes an impression. Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Apr 2021)
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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