Another Provence rosé, this time a Côteaux d’Aix en Provence (protected origin appellation). This one has had some heavy marketing since the end of March, everywhere. All the wine stores around do carry it and have it prominently in display. In spite of that I decided to try it when I saw it was a Côteaux d’Aix en Provence, not far from my home region (At first, with the name I thought it was another California Rosé).
Screw cap, 12.5% vol, around 13 dollars. A blend of syrah, grenache and cinsault made by the Chateau d’Esclans.
Their website : https://esclans.com
In the bottle, very pale pink leaning towards salmon, almost a « gris ».
Even way more pale in the glass, to the point of being closer to transparent than pink. Definitively a gris type of wine color.
Nose is flowery (fleuri), scents of rose flower and almost carnation, then red fruit like raspberry and mostly blueberry.
In mouth it’s characteristic of the Provence rosé wines, after all it’s a Côteaux d’Aix en Provence. Fruits, slight bitterness, very fresh. Mainly blueberry (like the nose) and a hint of licorice as it is quite frequent in the Provence rosés.
On second and third sips, still extremely fruity mainly blueberry, extremely blueberry actually, a slight acidity is present and noticeable but well balanced.
An explosion of blueberries, balanced with a nice acidity and firm licorice as an after mouth, that makes it fresh and easy drinking.
It is a really enjoyable wine, I am not disappointed and it is in line with all the Provence rosés we drink all summer long with my parents, when I visit them in the South of France, French Riviera (between Cannes and Antibes). If I can find a French version of this, it could as well be one of our go-to rosés.
For the people in France reading my blog, it might be a label and name made only for export in North America but you can contact them and ask for their Côteaux d’Aix en Provence.
Their French website : https://cavesdesclans.fr
I enjoyed it with pasta in sauce made of tuna, capers and light cream.