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Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

The Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016 is fresh and genial, expressing a lovely melange of chilled melon, raspberry sorbet, turbinado sugar, and line dried linen. Lean on fruit, but generously framed in minerality, this pretty Provençal pink has an underlying structure of wet chalk and limestone that seemingly closes in on and eventually eclipses delicate fruit notes on the palate, leaving a comet's tail of seafoam and wet shell c. 13.0% ABV | Sample Fleur de Mer 8.9 Points...

Château Gassier Côtes de Provence Esprit Gassier 2015

Château Gassier Côtes de Provence Esprit Gassier 2015

Rosé seemed like the appropriate wine to drink after a 2+ week absence from the flu. And this bottle the 2015 Château Gassier Esprit Gassier is the color of ballet shoes with pretty aromatics that roll out of the glass. White peach, underripe watermelon, a touch of blood orange and loads of minerality. It's the acidity I like best, which crescendos with aplomb—the persistence here is as breathtaking as it is mouthwatering—a minute on, wet stones, tide pool, salted pink grapefruit. Sample Château Gassier 9.0 Points...

Château de Roquefort Côtes de Provence Grêle 2012

Château de Roquefort Côtes de Provence Grêle 2012

Château de Roquefort Côtes de Provence Grêle" width="200" height="200" /></a>A Provençal red, the 2012 Château de Roquefort Gréle No. 2 reveals black olive tapenade, Garrigue, black licorice, fresh potting soil. smoky black tea and pen ink as it slowly unspools. Round in the mouth and expressive, though not as full bodied or as intense as some of its Southern Rhône cousins. There is wonderful energy here—ultra fine tannins, black tea, and earthy, slightly rustic undertones. 13.5% ABV | Sample Château de Roquefort 9.1 Points...

Barton & Guestier Côtes De Provence Passeport Rosé 2015

Barton & Guestier Côtes De Provence Passeport Rosé 2015

Guestier's Côtes De Provence Passeport Rosé 2015 is pretty and very drinkable considering its modest price. The nose is aloft with red berries, blood oranges, wafting sea air. It’s a delicious compromise between minerally limestone tension and fruit, which translates as cantaloupe flesh and crushed raspberries followed by a mouthwatering and lengthy finish. It's fresh, vivid and hard to put down. Sample Barton & Guestier 8.8 Points...

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

The second 2015 rosé I've sampled from Hecht &amp; Bannier, aside from admittedly loving their modern packaging, I have been impressed with both the Bandol and this Côtes de Provence in terms of quality and price. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle, it's an expressive pink. The vines flourish under the warm maritime breath of the Mediterranean Sea. Clay-limestone soils impart characteristic minerality along with a classic Provençal profile of red berries, and a lilting top note of fennel pollen. Sample Hecht & Bannier 8.9 Points...

Domaine de la Sangliere Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015

Domaine de la Sangliere Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015

Domaine de la Sanglière’s basic Côtes De Provence Rosé is all nervy mineral verve, with the merest touch of tantalizing underripe melon and raspberry shining through. Fruit is nearly absent on the palate, as though it has been brushed clean, or is a layer that has been artfully peeled away. What remains in its place is pink grapefruit pith, wet shell, brine and sea foam. Fresh and breezy from start to finish, an excellent value for those looking for a racy, nuanced Provençal pink. Sample Domaine de la Sangliere 8.9 Points...

Château de Roquefort Corail Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Château de Roquefort Corail Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Château de Roquefort Corail Côtes de Provence 2015" width="200" height="200" /></a>An old-school blend of 35% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 25% Cinsault, 5% Carignan, 5% Rolle, and 5% Clairette, Château de Roquefort's 2015 Corail Rosé dances and shimmers in the glass with abundantly pretty notes of Queen Anne’s Cherries, market strawberries, and fine mineral nuance. It's quite linear in the mouth and very taught, with mouth-coating minerality, blood oranges, and saline flavors offset by more body than one might expect, making this charming pink all at once texturally lush and lean. Sample Château de Roquefort 8.8 Points...

Château de Berne Pur Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015

Château de Berne Pur Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015

The Berne Pur Côtes De Provence 2015 is quite possibly the palest Provençal rosé I've seen on the market, clear at the rim with a very pale salmon hue visible at the widest part of the glass, my dinner companions and I wondered if this is because of heightened demand for very pale rosé, it's certainly not a marker of quality. In this case, melon notes, the faintest whiff of strawberry, Pur reads like a classic Provence rosé in profile, but it seems a bit thin, hence the score of 8.6 Points. Sample Château de Berne 8.6 Points...

Mas De Cadenet Arbaude Côtes De Provence Rosé 2014

Mas De Cadenet Arbaude Côtes de Provence Rosé 2014

I recently reviewed Mas de Cadenet's 'Mas Negrel', a complex, creamy-textured Provençal rosé that is aged in oak casks. By contrast, Arbaude reads as the plucky little sister—with a peachy-pink salmon robe and the aromatics to match, it's an elegant rosé, with genial stone fruit and raspberries, lovely florality and anise pastille. On the palate, fruit serves as a backdrop to stony minerality, and citrusy acidity. It's fresh, classically-styled, and oh so drinkable. Sample Mas De Cadenet 8.9 Points...

Mirabeau Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Mirabeau Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Mirabeau's 2015 Côtes De Provence is a convivial Provençal pink, expressing red summer berries, blood orange, brisk alpine air and talcum powder. As the nose suggests, Mirabeau is light and spritely, with lifted citrusy acidity and lithe minerally backbone. The finish goes on and on, limestone, seafoam, wet pomace, far more mineral expression than fruit. An excellent value, too. 13.5% ABV | Sample Mirabeau en Provence 8.8 Points...