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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.

SOME TOP PROVENCE ESTATES

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Rosé

Château d'Esclans, Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Nice spices and a touch of cream and vanilla, with quite a rich palate and luscious mouth-feel. Quite a full and enveloping style. 88/100.

Château Minuty, Prestige Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Delicious grapefruit and passionfruit depth, with huge juiciness and passionfruity, Sauvignon Blanc-like punch. Lovely freshness and length. Deliciously pungent. 90/100.

Domaine de Saint Lucie, MiP Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
Lots of berries and apricot peachiness, quite a full, creamy palate with lots of lime blossom aromas and easy drinking pleasure. 88/100.

Domaine des Diables, Sainte Victoire Rosé2010
Quite a deep peachy colour, with plenty of peach and raspberry aromas. The palate has lots of juicy, upfront fruit. Modern and delicious style. 88/100.

Château les Valentines, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2010
From an estate that neighbours Domaines Ott. More yeasty and mineral nose, a bit of oatmeal and dry redcurrant and raspberry fruit. The palate is dry and structured with a mineral complexity and still real juiciness. 89/100.

Château d'Esclans, Les Clans Côtes de Provence Rosé 2009
An oaked style and very nice too with delicate spice and vanilla. The palate beneath has delicious apricot and peach sweetness, the oak adding more roundness and sweetness, but a beautifully fresh finish. 90/100.

Red

Château La Mascaronne, Côtes de Provence Rouge 2005
Big, ripe and fruity nose, lots of earthiness and touches of damp undergrowth. The palate has a freshness and plenty of vanilla and spicy berry compote. 88/100.

Domaine du Jas d'Esclans, Foudre Côtes de Provence Rouge 2007
A Cru Classé, organic estate. Slightly reduced, slightly rubbery nose perhaps, but vanilla and sweet earth and an autumnal berry fruit. Long and supple with a great deal of fruit sweetness into a long spicy finish. 88/100.

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