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Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé, Château Vignelaure 2021

Rose Wine from France - Provence / Massif / Corsica
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Provence rose from one of the top estates. This is made from a blend of grenache, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and rolle, better known as vermentino. Full-flavoured and savoury with a lovely expression of ripe red-berried fruit. A lovely wine with or without food.
Price: £13.95 Bottle
Price: £83.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: FC42571

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Grenache Syrah
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Twin top

Château Vignelaure

Château Vignelaure owes its existence to Georges Brunet, one time owner of Bordeaux third growth Château La Lagune who established the estate just north of Aix-en-Provence in the 1960s. Choosing a site of clay, limestone and gravel covering some 60 hectares of beautiful Provençal countryside 350 metres above sea level, he set about planting cabernet sauvignon using cuttings taken from his Bordeaux estate. Despite the difficulties of ripening cabernet fully in this setting, and despite being embraced by protective hills, he made high-quality wines. In 1985 the region as a whole was approved for appellation contrôlée status as Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.

The estate is now owned by Swedish couple Bengt and Mette Sundstrom, who fell in love with the place while looking for a retirement home in the south of France. These days syrah, grenache, cinsault and carignan have been planted or acquired alongside the vines introduced by Brunet, and white varieties roussanne, rolle (aka vermentino) and semillon have now been planted in a higher part of the vineyard where it was realised that the red varieties were not so suited to the terroir.

Early vintages of white wines are very promising indeed, and they have recently begun making excellent rosé, but the reputation of the estate rests on the red wines. These are fermented in stainless steel before 12 to 24 months’ maturation in oak (one third of which is new) in underground cellars, before a further 18 months minimum in bottle.

The four...
Château Vignelaure owes its existence to Georges Brunet, one time owner of Bordeaux third growth Château La Lagune who established the estate just north of Aix-en-Provence in the 1960s. Choosing a site of clay, limestone and gravel covering some 60 hectares of beautiful Provençal countryside 350 metres above sea level, he set about planting cabernet sauvignon using cuttings taken from his Bordeaux estate. Despite the difficulties of ripening cabernet fully in this setting, and despite being embraced by protective hills, he made high-quality wines. In 1985 the region as a whole was approved for appellation contrôlée status as Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence.

The estate is now owned by Swedish couple Bengt and Mette Sundstrom, who fell in love with the place while looking for a retirement home in the south of France. These days syrah, grenache, cinsault and carignan have been planted or acquired alongside the vines introduced by Brunet, and white varieties roussanne, rolle (aka vermentino) and semillon have now been planted in a higher part of the vineyard where it was realised that the red varieties were not so suited to the terroir.

Early vintages of white wines are very promising indeed, and they have recently begun making excellent rosé, but the reputation of the estate rests on the red wines. These are fermented in stainless steel before 12 to 24 months’ maturation in oak (one third of which is new) in underground cellars, before a further 18 months minimum in bottle.

The four years that the wines often spend in the cellars before release is an illustration of director Phillippe Bru and winemaker Sigvard Johnson’s desire not to compromise and to make a wine that reflects the terroir and to age it for release when it is ready rather than make a softer, more approachable wine that would be more approachable when young. As a result they have earned an enviable reputation as one of the best estates in the south of France, let alone Provence.
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JancisRobinson.com

Very pale. Pretty and red-fruited. Refined, dry, benchmark Provence rosé. 16/20

Julia Harding MW

decanter.com

Château Vignelaure is owned by a Scandinavian couple from Copenhagen, who fell in love with the estate while searching for a French holiday home. A blend of grenache, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and rolle...
Château Vignelaure is owned by a Scandinavian couple from Copenhagen, who fell in love with the estate while searching for a French holiday home. A blend of grenache, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and rolle (aka vermentino), this is well priced for a Provence rosé and has good regional typicity. Full-flavoured and expressive, with white flowers, white currant and juicy peach fruit. 89/100
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