In 2017 we visited Chateau l’Afrique, a family run vineyard in the Cuers region of Provence, beginning our relationship with Famille Sumeire. Last year our best selling wine online and through our shop was M by Sumeire, their entry level Mediteranée Rosé.
The wines are an unparalelled example of Cotes de Provence so it’s no surprise to us that they’re now receiving international recognition. Decanter, the leading publication in the wine industry, have scored Chateau l’Afrique 2018 90/100 and awarded it a Silver Medal in their annual world wine awards ceremony.
Whilst Forbes dedicated an article to the Sumeire family paying particular attention to Chateau Maupague, the newest addition to our range of Sumeire wines. Chateau Maupague is located in Saint-Victoire where the scree and clay soils bestow the wines with a minerality rarely seen in Provençal rosé.
Finally, their flagship wine César à Sumeire is made in tiny amounts of just 4,000 bottles per vintage. In fact, they didn’t make any from the 2018 harvest as they didn’t feel the quality was sufficient to maintain their high standards for the wine. We currently have stock of the 2017 vintage which is beguiling and a testament to how some rosé really does benefit from time in bottle. However, if you’d like to try it you’d better act quickly, out of our annual allocation of 180 bottles we only have 36 remaining. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…