2016 Chateau Grand Seuil Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé, France
This Provence rosé is rather pale for the style, looking more like a white wine with slight orange and pinkish hues to it, than a frankly pink, or even a pale pink wine. Let’s say it is of a gris in the aspect!
But does it matter? It may for some, but I find it gives it some uniqueness, straight from the look of it. A good talking point and conversation starter if you’re planning on sharing it! Everyone will think you’ve brought up a white wine, but you can say it is actually rosé and elaborate on how pale some Provence dry pink wines can be. The French finesse 😉
Anyway, in spite the color, the nose is more clearly one of a rosé. It’s floral with hints of fresh red berries, estery (fresh pear), and delicately vegetal, like acacia leaves.
Very delicate and silky palate, dry but coated by an oily texture and a very subtle sweet notes that perfectly balances the good acidity. Some phenolics give it a distinctive silky drying feel, together with salivating fine bitterness to the finish, a little like what you’d get from a fine green tea.
Delicate yet clearly expressed flavors of elderflower, acidic blueberry, some lemon and grapefruit, white pepper and this characteristic acacia leave feel that accompanies and goes well with the slight bitterness.
This is a surprisingly pale rosé wine. But what it doesn’t have in color, it has in refinement, finesse and elegance. With a solid flavor and aromatic intensity for the style, it is all about balance and elegance in the notes and textural feels it delivers.
A very solid rosé meant to be enjoyed and shared on special occasion and with sophisticated gastronomy rather than your everyday pink Provence wine.
Dry and salivating, with a unique personality, it is an interesting and enjoyable experience.
Drink in 2017 preferably, let it breathe a little before enjoyment, and don’t serve too cold as it opens up greatly when just-chilled, like a fine white wine.