So, since it’s landed we’ve known that the 2017 Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé is out of this world amazing, but now its got the professional accolades to back us up. The illustrious Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast Magazine have both given it a massive 90 points out of 100! And we’ve just received word that it has landed a Silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, scoring a massive 91 out of 100 points! How cool is that!?
In the world of Southern french wine, its the Provençale style of Rosé that probably gets the most press. With so many out there of vastly disparate qualities, it can be difficult to choose, much less find a favourite that will deliver year after year. Well, we’re here to tell you that this may just tick all of the right boxes for you for a good long time. With a price tag that is well below the value represented in the bottle, we assure you that you’ll enjoy the bright yet refined character found in this bottle.
Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate scored it 90 points out of 100 and described it as: “A plump, medium-bodied effort, marked by crisp, citrusy fruit. Passion fruit and grapefruit nuances give it a zippy, refreshing finish.”Here’s some tech specs straight from the Hecht & Bannier website so you can wow your friends with all the info to back up the fact that its super delicious.
Saint Antonin, Entrecasteaux, Carcès, Pourrières, La Londe-les-Maures
Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle
They focused their selections on the cooler parts of the upper Provence vineyards where the oak and olive tree forests protect the vines planted in the clay-limestone soils and, in some ways, seem to nourish them. The higher altitudes also allow a full maturity without excessive sugars (and therefore alcoholic degree in the finished wines). Blend is completed with grapes from the limestone foothills of Montagne Sainte Victoire, whose wines are almost marked by a vivacious and persistent minerality., Very fresh Cinsault planted a few meters from the Mediterranean Sea in La Londe des Maures are introduced to bring a subtle salty and anise expression.
Vines are harvested at night between 3.00am and 9.00am in order to avoid oxidation and to preserve all of the fresh characteristics of the terroir and varietal. Grenache and Syrah are macerated together so that their personalities and qualities intermingle and we find that the reductive character of Syrah balances beautifully with the oxidative natural character of Grenache.
Concrete and stainless steel tanksWe’re sure that this one will fly off the shelves when word of all of these accolades hit the streets. So, don’t delay! You can get your hands on it right now for just £17.99 and remember you get free delivery when you spend £150 or more. So, now is the time to stock up for the summer!
Drink well and Better.
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Sommelier,
J Corey Evans