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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 LA COSTE

Château La Coste's wines are imported by Dynamic Vines. See all UK stockists on wine-searcher.com.

Château La Coste, 'Belluge' Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé 2010
Lovely colour - the peachiest salmon pink. Fine pink grapefruit nose, very fresh. Nice rosy apple nuances and a touch of herbs. The palate has a richness and a great grapefruity and lemon acidity and fruit. Dry, mouth-filling. 87/100.

Château La Coste, 'Les Pentes Douces' Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Blanc 2009
Vermentino and Sauvignon Blanc, aged in barrel. Delightful creamy , gently oatmeally and herbal nose. Soft melon and apple fruit, but that intense dry finish, again a touch of lemon peel wax but really dry and fresh. 89/100.

Château La Coste, Vin de Pays Blanc 2010
Le Grand Vin is VdP because of a little proportion of Chardonnay, with a slightly larger proportion of Vermentino than the Pentes Douces. Delightful nose, lots of oatmeal and a touch of almond, really nice fat lemon fruit and apple, but that nuttiness too. The palate is super clean, with the 50% new oak adding more creamy richness and lots of punch on the mid palate into a long, elegant finish. 91/100.

Château La Coste, 'Les Pentes Douces' Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rouge 2009
Only 10% of this blend is barrel aged. It is 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Syrah and 35% Grenache. Masses of creamy fruit and smooth black, cassis ripeness. The palate has real juiciness too, with lovely acidity and freshness, the tannins fine. Not the most powerful, concentrated mid-palate, with a touch of liquorice and meaty savour in the finish. 89/100.

Château La Coste, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rouge 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon is almost half the blend of the Grand Vin, plus Syrah and Grenache. A touch reduced at first, lots of herby and intense concentration here. The palate has a cool, herb edged finesse, big, powerful tannins that dry the mouth, this needs time to settle, but the concentration of fruit and the delicious sweetness of the fruit. Really balances the power. Terrific. 92/100.

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