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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 Saint Martin's wines are not imported into the UK at time of writing. This link will show any current UK stockists:

Château de Saint Martin, Grande Reserve Blanc 2010
Ugni Blanc. Fresh and delicate nose, nice bright fruit and spices, lots of fresh lemon and the palate has a clean juiciness and well-balanced, if a touch astringent. 85/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Cuvée Comtesse de Saint Martin Blanc 2009
60% Rolle, 40% Clairette, half of the Rolle fermented and aged eight months in barrel. Creamy and nutty, with apparent but subtle vanilla and orangy, lemony aromas. The palate has lovely clarity and definition, and a nice long finish. 88/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Blanc de Blancs NV
Sparkling wine, the base wine made on the property and finished in a facility run by a Champagne house in Provence, traditional method. Rolle, Ugni Blanc and Clairette, 24 months ageing. Apples and a touch of rhubarb and custard, attractively easy to drink. Off-dry, with lots of fresh, easy-drinking attraction. 86-87/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Eternal Favourite Rosé 2010
Tibouren, Cinsault and Grenache. Designed as an easy to drink, but sophisticated aperitif wine. Lots of raspberry fruity freshness, fine and dry lemony palate with a pithy bite, but the sweet fruit and light framework makes it attractively easy to drink. 86/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Grande Reserve Rosé 2010
Carignan, Cinsault, Tiburon, Grenache, Syrah. Plenty of fresh, bright fruit, leading onto a dry palate, mouth-watering dry red fruits and pithy lemon freshness. More of a food wine, but really nicely balanced. 87/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Comtesse Rosé 2010
Old Carignan plus Syrah and Grenache. Prefers to release this one year after harvest if possible. "A gastronomically rosé". Slightly deeper colour, Quite deep fruit with a certain perfume of flowers and very gentle smokiness over berry fruits. The palate has that burst of orangy acidity, and a fine lemony palate with a touch of raspberry. Adeline recommends with lobster of cooked foie gras. 87/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Bulles de Rosé NV
Traditional method fizz with only 12.5% alcohol. Nettly and yeasty nose, with fresh raspberry fruit. Some strawberry softness. A blend of Cinsault and Syrah. 12 months ageing. Again, the mousse is a touch aggressive, but pleasantly drinkable. 86/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Grande Reserve Rouge 2009
Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet and Mourvèdre. Unoaked. A touch medicinal, a touch gamy from the Mourvèdre, with supply leathery but fresh black fruit. Juicy and smooth, with just a nip of tannin and acidity. 86/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Comtesse de Saint Martin Rouge 2005
Roughly equal parts very old Carignan, Syrah and Grenache. This is current release, with 6 years of age. One year in barrel for Syrah. Deep, mocha-touched nose, with a little gamy quality, a little animal nuance, with the palate slightly lacking fruit perhaps. Pleasant balance but plenty of sour lemon acidity, and soft tannins. 86-87/100.

Château de Saint Martin, Cru Classé Rouge 2003
Cabernet, Syrah and Mourvèdre, two years in barrels. Lots of deep spice and smokiness here, quite plush and deep with plummy and blackcurrant fruit. The palate has a little more sweetness and juiciness, with nice hints of fatness and sweetness on the mid-palate, and good balance - again tannins very soft. 88/100.

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