Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vincent Sauvestre, Sainte Victoire, Cotes de Provence Rosé, 2011

Again, a Keife and Co. wine find!  Had some with them at the shop before walking home in the dank darkness left behind by Isaac.  They could have charged me for the forty minutes of air conditioning I enjoyed while hanging out during my fruitless exploration for ice.
Mount Sainte Victoire is located in Cotes de Provence, close to Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille.  The region of Sainte Victoire was awarded its own AOC in 2005.  This wine is made from 50% grenache, 30% syrah and 20% cinsault.
The expected Provencal salmon hue is there, pink is present but it mixes with orange.  This is a tactile wine, there is a presence here that many other rosés can only hope to attain.  Richness, intensity, juiciness and focus are the hallmarks here.  Unlike many of the other Cotes de Provence rosés which almost come off as light red wines with a chill, this has some subtle power to it.
I found it lacked a bit of aroma, but then a good portion of the wine was swigged right out of the bottle on the way home.  There is a delicate waft of peach as if an orchard was just out of view but the wind was blowing the right direction.  The subtle aroma is not a flaw, the wine is just not exuberant.  By the time this bottle was finished, it was no longer chilled (I was out of ice) but still tasted great...a truly impressive feat.  Some stoniness on the nose hinted at minerality I often expect from the region but that can also make the wines more challenging for many people.
This wine is easily accessible without losing its identity.  If you expect a good regional example you will be happy.  The price is reasonable, $17 if I recall correctly.  Imported by Fran Kysela Pere et Fils.

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