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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.


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Saint Roch de Vignes, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
140,000 bottles of this blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah are produced, and it is in the UK via Majestic. Quite a deep colour, with a fairly neutral nose, the palate dry and slightly acidic, with some good red fruit coming through. 84/100.

Carte Noir, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
This release is 80% Grenache and is much more elegant and fresh, with some floral and grapefruit peel aromas, a touch of spice. The palate has a big, lemony, juicy character and mouth-watering freshness. 87/100.

Pampellone, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
All the Provencal varieties plus some Cabernet Sauvignon in this gentle, rose-hip and redcurrant scented wine. The palate has that real grapefruity juiciness again, with some richness and body and a creamy texture. From a sandy soil it has some spice and a little gravely note. 89/100.

Carte Noire, Côtes de Provence Rouge 2007
Around 15% of production is red, this wine vinified in steel, a blend of Grenache and Syrah. Pleasantly fruity and rich on the nose with plum and blackberry. The palate has a slightly raw edge to the tannins, but has good acidity and freshness, the dry fruit persisting into the finish. 85/100

Pampellone, Côtes de Provence Rouge 2007
Around 30% is barrel aged in French oak and a touch of American oak. The blend is Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Meaty and bloody nose, with tobacco, spices and leather. Rustic, but attractive. The palate has that meaty, rich concentration, with robust berry fruit and. Sour cherry acidity. A big, chewy mouthful, but authentic and savoury. 88/100.

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