2016 Famille Sumeire Château l’Afrique Côtes de Provence Rosé, France
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This Provence rosé wine comes in an elegant slightly pale salmon pink color, with both touches of yellow and purple hues giving it a particularly glamorous look, like we love to see from the Provence style.
The nose is very fresh, somewhat mineral and smelling like fresh grape fruit juice, yet restrained and feeling relatively sophisticated.
Pomegranate, fresh grapefruit juice, tangy lime are the dominant aromas. A touch of a reductive character that seems to be a bit of a signature from the Sumeire Family’s winemaker.
The palate though, is very precise and extremely balanced. A crisp and vibrant acidity underlines salivating notes of lime, freshly squeezed lemon, pomegranate, and blueberry. It is so zesty and lively on the palate, thanks also to a round oily texture, a hint of residual sweetness (at least the sensation of it). You do want to keep sipping it nonchalantly. There is so much enjoyment delivered on the palate!
A significant part to this wine’s secret for success if the finish. Dry, it is mineral and filled with velvety phenolics giving a sense of saltiness that makes you salivate. This is always a sign a wine will pair great with food, and is also often the sign you are left with a sensation of thirst, inviting you to have another taste. Pleasing!