A response to Jon Bonné’s article on Provence rosé

Well respected US author John Bonné has just written an article on Provence rosé for Punch. He’s a clever writer, and understands how to construct an article, but I felt on this occasion he’d just got it very wrong. So I thought I’d write a response.

According to Bonné, the success of Provence rosé is a [...]

Some reflections on ProWein 2016: bubbly Brits, grower Champagne, Canada, Provence and Grenache

ProWein is a massive wine and spirits fair, held each year in Dusseldorf, Germany. It’s enormous. 6200 exhibitors, and 55 000 trade visitors. I’ve just returned, and these are some of my impressions. But it’s impossible for any one person to be able to give anything more than a personal perspective gained by merely scratching [...]

More great rosé, this time a pair from Château d'Esclans

Following on from my glowing review of the Gassier 946 rosé, here are a couple more Provence examples worthy of serious attention. They are from super-ambitious Château d’Esclans, who make the world’s most expensive rosé, and probably the second most expensive, too. These new releases from them are quite lovely. Is it time to start [...]

Gassier 946: an amazing fine rosé

Rosé is a very exciting category at the moment, and Provence is the world’s premier region for this increasingly popular wine style. Sometimes, though, it is hard to really get excited about rosé. It’s a style that’s easy to enjoy, for sure, especially in the right situation. But it doesn’t get wine geeks buzzing. I [...]

Pressing under nitrogen, the Inertys system

One of the things I saw in Provence was the way that many of the wineries are projecting the juice by pressing in the absence of oxygen. Pictured above is the press at Chateau Gassier, which has been fitted with the Bucher Inertys system.

The big bag (pictured below is one at Chateau Jas d’Esclans) [...]

On the road in Provence, some pictures

I’m currently on the road in Provence. It’s a beautiful time of year to be here. Harvest has just begun in many areas; in others it is a week or two away. It’s sunny but not scorching hot, and the bulk of the tourists have gone home, so it means that the roads aren’t permanently [...]

Video: epic blind rose tasting

The sun was shining yesterday on our family gathering, so it was a great chance to do a blind rose tasting, looking at Provence rose ranging in price from £8 to £80 a bottle. How did we get on? Watch the video.