Chateau Simone, Palette Blanc 2014Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
Variety: Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc, and Muscat
It always amazes me that certain regions gain much more fame than others, even though there are some incredible wines off the beaten path or in many regions one would not associate quickly with quality. When I talk about Provence France, many people just think of fancy boats and stunning views. However, Chateau Simone—from the appellation Palette, just north of Aix-en-Provence and only miles from the water—creates world-class wines that deserve a place at the table with many of the great estates. The appellation is dominated by limestone soils that cover the vineyards of many famed regions. The weather allows for incredible vine age to happen. Disease doesn't happen often in this part of the wine world. The climate is perfect and it is the dream of many to retire and spend the remainder of their lives in this magical part of the world.
Chateau Simone, Palette Rose 2018Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
Variety: Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan
For seven generations the Rougier family have dwelt in their castle and held court as makers of, among other wines, perhaps the greatest rosé in the world. The amount of care and strenuous effort that goes into their wines -and their near-magical cellars whose very presence imparts an extra layer of complexity to the juice- is one of the trademarks of the world’s best winemakers. Perhaps the other most crucial aspect of great winemaking is a willingness to sacrifice quantity -sometimes significantly so-in order to maintain high quality. René Rougier and his forebears have never hesitated to do so, and the magnificence of their wines is deliciously expressive of that commitment. Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre play the lead roles in this classic Provence cuvée, where flavors of watermelon, strawberry and an almost candy-like ripe fruit lusciousness are back-framed by bright acidity, even a touch of salinity and a delicious, dry finish.
Domaine de Terrebrune, Bandol 2016Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
Georges Delille founded Domaine Terrebrune in 1963, a few years after the AOC of Bandol was founded in 1941. The noble variety of Mourvedre was making its comeback and winemakers were uprooting vines and replanting left and right. Georges even followed some advice from Domaine Tempier patriarch, Lucien Peyraud. In 1980, Georges’ son Reynauld joined him in the winemaking; they bottled their first vintage together shortly after. Limestone is of utmost importance in the thirty hectares of the Terrebrune vines with plenty of variation from site to site. Domaine Terrebrune is named in honor of the healthy brown soils that the family farms strictly organically.
The classic Provencal varieties come together in a blend of the noble Mourvedre, Grenache, and Cinsault. The vines are about 20 years old with various types of limestone and clay. The wine ages for 18 months in oak foudres with the ability to age effortlessly for 30 years.
Domaine de Trevallon, Alpilles Rouge, Provence 2015Regular price $80.00 Save $-80.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah
Picasso, compatriot and avowed lover of all things beautiful, bon vivant René Dürrbach was naturally drawn into the wine movement of the 1970s with his family property in southern France. Faithful to the movement’s credo of simplicity, he focused purely on the quality of the fruit, farming 20 hectares in total with zero chemicals or pesticides. Many consider this one of the premium Provençal red wines. Blending equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine does not incorporate typical regional varietals. René stubbornly stuck to his vision, caring little for the old guard laws that govern the wine industry. He set out, from the very beginning, to make world-class wine on his own terms. The AOC has since downgraded the classifications, but René changed nothing. His maverick wines are more sought after today than ever before. He is truly one of the great French visionaries, both in the cellar and in the vineyard.
Domaine Gros' du Nore, Bandol Rose 2020Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Varieties: Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Grenache
Honoré is the patriarch for which this domain derived its name. He and his son, Alain Pascal are both herculean in size and strength, though with a tenderness that comes through in the wines. The quality of their Bandol fruit remains exceptional, though they sold most of their fruit to other great producers like Domaine Ott and Chateau de Pibarnon. It wasn’t until the death of Honoré that Alain made the jump to begin Domaine du Gros ‘Noré, farming sixteen hectares with his brother, Guy. Alain distinguishes himself from other producers with his decision to use 80% Mourvèdre in his blend when wine law dictates he uses at least 50%. He chooses to let the grapes ripen fully on the vines allowing for fully concentrated wine with character and finesse.
Many liken Bandol to be the greatest place in the world for rosé production. It's also classified as the “Grand Cru” of Bandol; this rosé is no exception. Led by the great Mourvèdre, these 30 year old vines transition into a rosé that will age well after a few years.
Grand Cros, Brut Rose "La Rivale"Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Mourvèdre and Cinsault
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that, purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés. Add some bubbles, and we can return to the above question: what’s not to love?
Grand Cros, Rose 2019Regular price $17.00 Save $-17.00
Variety: Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that, purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
– take a dip into the Mediterranean! Refreshing with some strawberry and melon lift, grounded with some fennel notes.
The Grand Cros Rosé is another bottling of the wine that includes Cabernet and Carignan as well as Grenache and Cinsault in the mix. The vines also come from a broader area of the appellation of Provence.
Jules, Cotes de Provence Rose 2020Regular price $14.00 Save $-14.00
Variety: Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carignan
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that,
purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in
1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
The namesake cuvée of the owner, designed to get straight to the point on taste and value. Reds (Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah) and a pinch of Rolle (that’s French for Vermentino), create a classic Provencal blend.
Saint-Michel d'Esclans, Cotes de Provence Rose 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
The land of Château d’Esclans dates back about 2500 years due to its significant coastal position. Winemaking began in the middle of the 19th century. After this, the estate changed ownership multiple times, though consistently making the iconic dry rose wines the Cotes de Provence is known for. There are 345 acres of vineyards devoted mostly to old vine Grenache followed by Cinsault and Merlot.
This rose is done in the traditional Provencal style; verging on full-bodied, mineral-driven, textural, and dry with the right amount of tart fruits. The wine is vinified in both larger barrels and stainless steel.
Tempier, Bandol Tourtine 2018Regular price $80.00 Save $-80.00
Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
According to importer Kermit Lynch, no other winemaker stands more in the defense of terroir than the Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier. When Lulu Tempier married Lucien Peyraud, her father gave them the domaine, an active farm that had been in the family for 100 years. After tasting a pre-phylloxera bottle of Tempier Bandol, Lucien was inspired to research the terroir. Up until then, old vineyards planted with Mourvèdre had been regularly replanted to higher-yielding varieties. More research not only showed its historical roots to the area, but the grape proved to be more resistant to oxidation. Lucien worked with neighboring winemakers and the I.N.A.O. to establish Bandol as its own AOC. Replanting of Mourvèdre began; Bandol now requires a fifty percent minimum in all reds. Lucien has been paraded as the godfather of Bandol, but also as the man who revived Mourvédre to its former glory.
La Tourtine is a blend from mostly Mourvèdre supplemented with Grenache and Cinsault. Sitting at fairly high altitude from mostly clay soils in 40+ year old vines. The wine is powerful and tannic with the ability to age for some time.