2020 Premium Rosé

Grapes Grenache, Rolle, Syrah
Colour Rosé
Origin France, Provence
Other Vegan, Vegetarian
Sub-district Côtes de Provence
ABV 12.5%

Virginie Fabre and Guillaume Philip met and fell in love while studying wine in Montpellier. On graduation, they came up with the idea for a rosé brand which they called MiP (Made in Provence) and which they started at the estate owned by Virginie’s father at the foot of Mont Victoire. It’s been an incredible success, and deservedly so as the wines are excellent. Today the couple owns 16ha of vineyards and also collaborate with partner growers whose grapes help them keep up with demand. Both of these wines are superb, shimmering examples of what rosé from Provence should be. The Classic is a blend of 60% cinsault, 20% syrah and 20% grenache and it is silky and creamy-textured, with a gentle perfume. As the name suggests, it’s a Provence classic and a fantastic all-rounder for the garden, the kitchen or the picnic rug. The Collection smells a little bit pinker – it’s more about red berries – and yet it is extremely discreet. The lines here are very fine and the blend here is quite different: 60% syrah, 30% grenache and 10% rolle (a white grape also known as vermentino). It rises above the Classic when you start eating as, while subtle, it has a bit more tenacity and a quiet power that rises up to sing through. Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph (May 2021)

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Here the volume gets turned up with regards to weight and mouthfeel. The fruit here is a tad riper cherry and strawberry, undertow of citrus, again wild flowers, rosehip and hawthorn. In the mouth the structure of the gentle tannins is overlaid with beautiful strawberry, cherry and redcurrant fruit, sleek and ripe with just the notion of a delicate creaminess.L&S (Mar 2021)

Rolle, Syrah, Grenache. Rose hip and Turkish delight, cherry jam on warm scones. Feels fuller and weightier than the MiP* Classic – more serious than the £2.55 premium would suggest. Wild cherry on the palate, a touch of clementine and rose grapefruit bringing sweet citrus but also a faint spray of bitter-sweet citrus-peel oils. Dry but the fruit brings an aria of sweetness. A touch of vanilla creaminess that builds as the wine warms up. The heavy, square-shouldered bottle is naff and totally unnecessary, and I really should dock the score for that, but the wine is good. Drinking range: 2021 - 2022 Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2021)

The square-shouldered bottle doesn’t do it for me and while this is supposed to be a cut above the ‘Classic’, I find it is seemingly trying a little too hard. A little too reserved and very dry, I am sure it will grow with a little more age, but I would like it to be at the top of its game right now, given we are in April! 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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