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Provence tasting notes

text and photographs © 2011 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on The Wines of Provence.


Château de Chausse's wines are imported by Cork and Bottle wine bar in London and City Beverage. See all UK stockists on

Château de Chausse, Domaine de Chausse Vin de Pays Blanc 2009
A cuvée based on Viognier with Chardonnay, Semillon and Rolle. Very nice if discreet nose, with some delicate rose notes and a hint of correct apricot and spice. The palate has a cool, fresh appealing palate with refine sweet pear and gentle lemon fruit. It is easy to drink and has good aperitif balance, a touch of almost imperceptible sweetness counteracting a tiny but not unappealing astringency. 86-87/100.

Château de Chausse, Blanc 2010 100% Rolle. Beautifully punchy, herby nose, with a slatey lick of minerals and fine lemon juice freshness. Fine yeasty notes too. The palate has lovely fruit and bursts with flavour. It has 14% alcohol, but carries it very nicely into a long, fresh finish. Gorgeous, limpid stuff. 90/100.

Château de Chausse, Rouge 2000 Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by Madame Schelcher. Lovely nose, with a touch of meaty and gamy aroma, but lots of sweet black fruit. Hints of black olive and onto the palate beautiful fruit sweetness, deliciously smooth and creamy tannins and a twist of liquorice, with plenty of spice and delicious length. 91/100.

Château de Chausse, Rouge 2008 Lovely fresh cassis and raspberry, lots of fruity brightness, but also a gamy edge, a touch of undergrowth. On the palate a touch of chocolate and liquorice. Very fresh in the finish. 88-89/100.

Château de Chausse, Rouge 2007 Nice sense of fresh black fruits again, a bit of cherry skin grip and ripeness, lots of grippy freshness, the tart cherry and plum skin grip adding a real edge. Fine quality, tight and needs time. 89/100.

Château de Chausse, 'Rubis' Rouge 2008 99% Syrah, but it can still be an AOC wine. Tight and quite meaty, with a balsamic richness and plenty of grip and concentration. Lovely quality here, and really long and tight. Needs time. 89-90/100.

Château de Chausse, Rosé 2010 Cinsault and Grenache. Bright, fresh, elegantly fruity and fresh, lots of floral and raspberry notes, even a touch of lavender. 87/100.

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