Sainte Victoire Rose 2020

AN EXOTIC JOURNEY OF FRUITS AND CITRUS.

Story

The wine
At the foot of the Sainte Victoire mountain, 15 kms from Aix en Provence, in the commune of Puyloubier, this domaine was bought in 1890 by Aurélien Houchart, a negociant and friend of Cézanne and great-grand father of Geneviève Quiot. This family estate has been farmed since Roman times, some distance away from the “Via Aurelia”.
Location
The Sainte Victoire appellation is a terroir on the southern foothills of the Sainte-Victoire mountain (east from Aix-en-Provence) which extends to the ranges of the Olympus and Aurélien mountains. This Area has very specific geo-climatic characteristics (poor, well-drained soils formed of limestone and clayey sandstone). This terroir benefits from exceptional sunshine and a slightly continental nuances climate, protected in the south from maritime influences by the Aurélien mountains and the Sainte-Baume massif. The action of the mistral cleanses the vineyard. The grapes ripen later there than in the rest of the Côtes de Provence Appellation, which gives the wines a characteristic freshness.
In the vineyard
In traditional culture, the work in the vineyard favors the work of the soil and the preservation of the environment.
Vinification
Direct pressing then settling at 12°C. Fermented at 18°.
Ageing
Ageing on fine lees for a few months. The production decree allows a more precarious marketing in recent years. Our Sainte Victoire wine is available from the beginning of the year following the harvest.
Varietals
Carignan
Cinsault
Grenache noir
Syrah

Advice

Serving
Serve at 10 to 12°C in order to benefit from the aromatic breadth.
Ageing potential
Enjoy all year long, 2 to 3 years
Tasting notes
An explosion of summer flowers, melon, peach, orange and even papaya on a very mineral background.
Visual appearance
Clear colour.
At the nose
Aromas of red fruits (strawberry, currant).
On the palate
The terroir special minerality is well to be fore.
Food and wine pairings
Aperitif, salads and savoury pies. Perfect with slightly spicy dishes, oriental or Asian type (curry chicken, tandoori chicken, apricot and almond tagine...).
Recipes

Reviews

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90/100
""Houchart's 2020 Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rose is a flamingo-pink blend of 31% each Cinsault and Grenache, plus 24% Syrah and 14% Carignan. A clear step up from the property's regular bottling, it starts with distinct scents of crushed stone and chalk dust, then adds lime zest, grapefruit and hints of cherries. Medium-bodied, it's nicely silky in texture, finishing long and crisp, with a lingering mélange of dried spices.""
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92/100
""Gorgeous colour - ruby and garnet pink, pale red. Strawberry jam, redcurrant jam, more jammy and ripe fruit, incredibly gentle, luscious, unctuous Juicy cherry fruit. Floral, leafy. A little heady and strong on the alcohol, but weighty, heavy, really full-bodied and absolutely delicious. Lovely weight of ripe cranberries and raspberries - with amazingly intense and vibrant minerality and acidity giving long crisp length to the wine. Slight tannic dry finish - a rosé which would appeal to red wine drinkers. Appealing in terms of style. Fruit bomb with structure - most consumers' dream rosé, and ours too! Highly Recommended.""
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91/100
""Vivid orange-pink. Lively red berry and pit fruit aromas are complemented by floral and spice topnotes. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering fresh strawberry, tangerine and nectarine flavors that steadily deepen with air. Shows fine delineation and strong persistence on the nervy finish, which leaves a repeating floral note behind. - Josh Raynolds""
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