Two Provencale roses that I really like

Rose tends to be a functional sort of wine. You enjoy it in the right circumstances, but don’t really feel like writing a long essay on it. And I find it hard to think of many pink bottles that really excite.

Well, here are two Provencale roses that I found quite serious. They’re texturally interesting and really well balanced.

Mas de Gourgonnier Rose 2010 Les Baux de Provence
Lovely texture here: soft but quite mineral. Fine and a bit flinty with nice hints of cherry and herb. Fresh, dry but with lovely texture and poise. 90/100

Patrick Mourlan Rose Les Bastide des Oliviers 2010 Coteaux Varois en Provence
Textured, smooth and gently fruited with hints of cherries and strawberries. This has a soft, lush side but also good acidity, making it very well balanced. Lovely. 90/100

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2 comments to Two Provencale roses that I really like

  • Andrew

    Jamie – What grapes would these Provencal roses typically be made from and is there any real differences in these AOCs?

  • I am delighted you like Mas de Gourgonnier Rose. This Provence Rose is made from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvedre. I think it offers excellent drinkability but also holds up and goes well with light meats and vegetable dishes rather than being a “beach” rose. Most of their wines are available in the UK through Dudley & de Fleury Wines.

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