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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.

MAISON FABRE

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Château de la Deidière Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
From pierrefue vineyard named after red soils. Yeasty, fresh, lemony and melon aromas, with delicious palate showing plenty of spice, a creamy texture and quite a powerful vinous character with good red fruit. Quite robust. 86/100.

Château de l'Aumérade, Cuvée Marie-Christine Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Mostly Grenache. Very refined nose, with delicate floral and red fruits, and lemon peel too. The palate has a delicious dry apple fruitiness and tang. This is elegant and has a soft, easy finish but balanced by crisp apple and mineral freshness. 88/100.

Château de la Clapière Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
55ha two kilometres away from the sea, on chalky soils, breezy and dry. Mainly Grenache with syrah and Cinsault. Refined nose again, perhaps a little more roundness to the fruit and a little more spiciness. A touch of herby character. On the palate a little more robust and more fruity, but still elegant. 87/100.

Château de l'Aumérade, Cuvée Seigneur de Piègros Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
35000 bottles. Grenache and Cinsault. Very pale, a yeasty, dry apple fruit. Delicate herbal notes, touches of grapefruit and lemon, with real juiciness, and a long finish with delicate spice and a touch of tannin. 88/100.

Diadema Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
The Diadema brand was originally created in Tuscany and now Maison Fabre supply their rosé, which is bottled in Italy in a bottle encrusted with Swarovski crystals. Creamy, rich nose, with good red fruits and lots of strawberry freshness, but good freshness and body. Well balanced and flavoursome. 86/100. The wine retails for 50€, but note that 15,000€ buys the real diamond version, where the bottle is reclaimed and the diamonds made into jewellery of your choice. China and Russia are the big markets.

Château de l'Aumérade, Cuvée Dame de Piègros Côtes de Provence Rouge 2009
Shiraz and Grenache spend 8-10 months in two year old barrels. Very fresh herb and cherry nose, approachable, easy to drink fruit with lowish acidity and very easy to enjoy with its abundant fruit. 86-87/100.

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