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Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Another wine from Domaine Saint Mitre and it’s their Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé, an AOP so an upgrade from the Papillon one.

Vintage 2018, screw cap, 13% vol.

35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 5% Rolle.

The other wine from Saint Mitre that I bought the same day as the Papillon from my usual joint, Stirling Fine Wines. Compared to the Papillon this one is an AOP, higher up in the classification.

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Very pale, almost like a gris in the bottle.

Very pale pink, definitely a gris in the glass, nice wide rim, no legs.

Nose : strawberry, redcurrant and a hint of green grass. Very fruity nose, very pleasant.

In mouth it’s a bit fizzy, red fruit of course, green strawberry and a hint of banana when swallowing.

Green strawberry as the main red fruit, some green grass and grapefruit as well in the middle mouth.

Very dry and mineral in the after mouth, less fruity as finale : the last impression that remains is of a dry and mineral wine almost like a white wine. I could even taste some chalk in the after mouth.

Very pleasant but definitely different from the Papillon, with some mineral and green grass notes in common.

Even though I like it too, I prefer the Papillon one between the two, in spite of being of a lesser appellation.

Same as for the Papillon, this wine was warmly advised by Stirling Fine Wines.

I would pair it with fish or seafood, almost like I would pair a white wine.

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

In the early days of autumn, while it was still warm and pleasant, I tasted this wine from the Var region in France, the rosé Papillon (which means butterfly in French). This wine is from Domaine Saint Mitre and it’s their Cuvée Papillon Rosé. Vintage 2018, screw cap, 13% vol.

50% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 20% Cinsault.

This one was (warmly) advised by the folks at my favorite wine joint, Stirling Fine Wines.

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

In glass it’s very pale pastel pink, no rim, no legs.

The nose is very fruity, strawberry and raspberry mainly, very pleasant. I could smell some citrus too and grass.

In mouth it’s a bit fizzy, citrus, very lemon and slightly grapefruit. It is also a bit herbal, raspberry and rose flower.

A slight bitterness in after mouth but refreshing and pleasant. Simply delicious ! Specially when considering it’s a lower appellation, being « only » a Vin de Pays.

After tasting I enjoyed it with pasta and stirred fried sweet peppers and onions.

As I mentioned it was advised by Stirling Fine Wines along with the Saint Mitre one (Côteaux Varois en Provence, slightly higher up in the appellation being an AOP), thanks to them, they know what they are talking about and what they are selling.

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Aimé Roquesante 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Aimé Roquesante 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Aimé Roquesante 2018

In my series of rosé wines bought before leaving in August, the next one to taste was the Côtes de Provence Aimé Roquesante 2018. At least compared to the previous French Escape, it’s an upgrade, an actual appellation of origin, furthermore rather well known. What could go wrong ? So I had higher hopes than with the French Escape.

12.5% vol.

Côtes de Provence Rosé Aimé Roquesante 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Aimé Roquesante 2018

Pale orange pink in glass, no rim, no legs.

Nose : absolutely no nose. I have tried again and again, letting it warm up a bit, swirling it, let it sit a bit, air a bit : no nose, no scent at all.

A bit fizzy in mouth, some faint redcurrant taste, otherwise a bit of lemon. It tastes like lemon flavored water basically. Not unpleasant but might as well drink some water with a dash of lemon juice or a slice of lemon.

After taking sips and sips to try to find something, it really only feels like having some sparkling (faintly sparkling) water with a lemon slice.

No after mouth. Slight bitterness after several sips. I am fairly disappointed. It’s not bad but it has no taste at all, it doesn’t feel like a Côtes de Provence. Even the cheap non Côtes de Provence appellation but generic Provence region rosés are generally more tasty and better than that.

In conclusion, I didn’t drink any more of it nor finish the bottle and kept it for cooking.

My second disappointment in a row. Same thing, I didn’t buy it from my usual and trusty wine store (Stirling Fine Wines) : now I know better… 

Côtes de Provence Rosé Aimé Roquesante 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Aimé Roquesante 2018

Côteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé The Palm by Whispering Angels 2018

The Palm rosé 2018

The Palm rosé 2018

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

The Palm rosé 2018

The Palm rosé 2018

The Palm rosé 2018

The Palm rosé 2018

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.

The Palm rosé 2018

The Palm rosé 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Fleur de Mer 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Fleur de Mer 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Fleur de Mer 2018

This is a Côtes de Provence rosé from les Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu’Île de Saint-Tropez, my home region.

Their website : www.fleurdemerrose.com and also www.vignerons-saint-tropez.com

They had it on display at Stirling Fine Wines the other day and I figured I could try it as it comes from my home region, really a dash by car from Cannes where I was born.

Grenache, Cinsault. 12.5% vol.

The color is very pale, almost the color of white wine. My pictures don’t do justice to that very pale color though. Yellowy leaning to a pale pale pink orange. We could almost call it a gris. Very long and regular legs.

The nose is very scented and strongly perfumed. Strawberry at first, then redcurrant, after swirling the wine in the glass strawberry again, on the green side. Some red fruit mix almost like the Teisseire Grenadine syrup, then green grass, freshly cut grass and a hint of banana.
After smelling again and swirling one more time, the last final nose note is banana and a powder scent too (as a make-up powder).

Côtes de Provence Rosé Fleur de Mer 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Fleur de Mer 2018

In mouth a bit fizzy at first, very fresh and crisp then tastes of redcurrant and strawberry fruits, a hint of peach and the banana I was smelling. Nothing agressive, all the flavors are quite balanced and subtle, almost subdued and mellowed (fondus).

Definitely the major taste is banana but not in an agressive way, rather in an extremely pleasant way. I wasn’t expecting such a taste from this type of wine but rather some usual licorice taste which is actually absent from this one.

It has a refreshing sweet taste but the wine is sweet per se : the taste feels sweet but the acidity is there too, mixed and mellowed with all the flavors and sugar. An extremely well balanced wine, it is a notch above the usual Côtes de Provence rosés we drink during my summer days in France. Even if there are good ones, this one is above the lot and next level.

The price is a notch above my usual range for rosés, around 15 / 17 dollars but this was totally worth it. Also this is a French wine and import taxes are usually high, specially on French wines which are always twice the price we find in France for the same wine, even with Stirling Fine Wines reasonable prices or special sales.

This is an excellent Côtes de Provence rosé and an excellent wine period. A delicate and elegant wine, Côtes de Provence rosé at its best and above.

Côtes de Provence Rosé Fleur de Mer 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Fleur de Mer 2018

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

In France during my stay for the holidays, I was visiting my good friends who are regular consumers of Chateau Roubine. We have had it regularly throughout my visits over the years, in red or rosé, which are both very good. But I had never had it in white, that was a first for me. So I took the opportunity to take some tasting notes for the blog.

It’s a Côte de Provence, cru classé, 13.5% vol.

In the bottle it’s pale yellow, almost white or even transparent, leaning towards a hint of golden.

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

In the glass it looks a deeper yellow, leaning towards rose gold. Greasy against the walls of the glass and long legs.

The nose is powerful with strong scents of honey and honeysuckle. It has a strong scent almost like a perfume but in a pleasant way.

In mouth it’s acid but balanced, a pleasant acidity. Slightly fizzy at first, a nice bitterness and a dry after mouth.

The taste is very honey-like as was the nose, but very dry at the same time : it has the taste of honey but not the sweetness nor sugary taste. It also tastes a bit of ripe apple.

A very pleasant wine.

We enjoyed it with foie gras (an excellent one, the very one from the Hotel Carlton in Cannes ! ) and fig bread.

The foie gras we had with Chateau Roubine White

The foie gras we had with Chateau Roubine White

Provence Rosé Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

This is a generic rosé from Provence (Var, department 83 in France) 12.5% vol with no appellation, something like a table wine.

In the bottle the color is very pale grey pink like a gris.

In the glass, same « gris », grey pink color. A rim of foam when pouring. A nice « grease » on the wall of the glass (some viscosity).

Nice nose but weak. 

In mouth, it is acid but with a nicely balanced acidity, tastes of yellow fruit and pear. It is also weak in mouth. Definitively pear but very light in taste, no mid-mouth, no finale.

On second tasting, same taste of yellow fruit and pear, nice balanced acidity but definitely very weak in taste.

The nice acidity almost feels like drinking a soda, seltzer or lemon juice, it’s almost like drinking water with a slice of lemon. So it’s refreshing, not unpleasant but not like drinking wine at all.

In short, nothing to write home about.

We enjoyed it with orzo pasta (also called risoni) served with a tomato sauce enhanced with garlic and basil.

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017