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Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé, Château Vignelaure 2020

Rose Wine from France - Provence / Massif / Corsica
A Provence rosé from one of the top estates, this is full-flavoured, savoury and refreshing, with weight enough to go with food.
Price: £13.50 Bottle
Price: £81.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: FC40251

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Grenache Syrah
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • 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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The Daily Telegraph

A decisive step up from [Majestic's M de Minuty Rosé]  (it is a more focussed wine), this is an organic, dry rosé with a tantalising perfume, finesse and freshness, made in the...
A decisive step up from [Majestic's M de Minuty Rosé]  (it is a more focussed wine), this is an organic, dry rosé with a tantalising perfume, finesse and freshness, made in the hills of the north-eastern Var. Lovely stuff.
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- Victoria Moore

the-buyer.net

<div>This rosé is a blend of grenache 40%, syrah 30%, cabernet sauvignon 20%, and rolle 10%, from low-yielding vines grown on limestone and clay mixed with gravel.</div><div>To look ...
<div>This rosé is a blend of grenache 40%, syrah 30%, cabernet sauvignon 20%, and rolle 10%, from low-yielding vines grown on limestone and clay mixed with gravel.</div><div>To look at, the wine is salmon pink; it has a reasonably discrete nose – pretty peaches, red fruit, an earthy note; the palate is full-flavoured, dry and nicely balanced, particularly if you favour a slightly leaner style of Provence rosé.</div><div>Fresh and lean, very dry, full-flavoured, less full-rounded body than a lot of Provence rosé – the acidity feels a little high; red berry fruit (strawberry, raspberry). Excellently balanced and complex finish – textured, citrus, grapefruit zest, fennel and a hint of summer pudding and cream on the finish. - </div>
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Peter Dean

Liverpool Echo

I couldn't quite name the herb I kept sensing as I nose-dipped this wine. Just know there's a breeze of a herbal note nestling alongside a berry pudding and citrus. It is dry, fresh and...
I couldn't quite name the herb I kept sensing as I nose-dipped this wine. Just know there's a breeze of a herbal note nestling alongside a berry pudding and citrus. It is dry, fresh and perfectly poised for your summertime sipping.
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- Jane Clare

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