2019 Chateau de Pampelonne Rose

Year: 2019
Appellation: Cotes de Provence
Country: France
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 90
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Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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40% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, 10% Tibouren

"Limpid peach skin. Nervy and focused on the nose, displaying lively red berry and citrus zest aromas complemented by suggestions of succulent flowers and chalky minerals. Dry and lithe on the palate, offering juicy pomegranate, strawberry and blood orange flavors that pick up a spicy element on the back half. The mineral and floral notes come back strong on a very long, incisive finish that shows sharp delineation and no rough edges." (VM)

"A soft, rich wine, full bodied while preserving freshness, this is elegantly ripe and spicy. It has weight and great fruitiness, acidity just coming through at the end. Drink now. -Roger Voss " (WE)

Winery Notes:
The magnificent 17th century Château de Pampelonne borders the famous French Riviera beach of the same name in the commune of Ramatuelle, near Saint Tropez. The estate has been in the Gasquet-Pascaud family since 1840, when it was purchased by Gasquet ancestor André Folco, treasurer for Napoléon III. The current proprietor of this beautiful 400 acre domaine is Edgar Pascaud, and his daughter Marie directs Pampelonne’s winemaking.

Young Marie Pascaud earned a degree in Enology from the University of Montpellier and stayed on to complete a specialized Master's degree in business. Since leaving the world of academia, Marie has worked two harvests a year, bouncing back and forth between France and the southern hemisphere. In addition to her duties as winemaker for Pampelonne, she has spent six-month stints at top estates in Chile, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Château de Pampelonne produces an excellent red wine and a modest amount of white wine, but it is the Côtes de Provence Rosé for which the estate is best known. In addition to the classic rosé cépages of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, Pampelonne also uses Tibouren in the blend. This ancient Greek variety, now unique to this area of France, is valued for the aromatic intensity it lends to some of Provence’s finest rosés.