|Photo courtesy of Château d'Esclans|
In other parts of France, technological advances had already enabled more sophisticated wine-making processes that, in turn, led to more consistent (high) quality reds and whites from vintage to vintage.
|Peter Holt, sommelier and former Wine Director at Anthony's Pier 4 where |
Sacha Lichine (right) once worked . Photo: W.T. Manfull
Aurélien Pont of Chateau Pigoudet in Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. TMT readers know that |
Château Pigoudet Insolite (Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Syrah) is one of my favorite rosés.
We also tasted a new entry to the line-up, Château Pigoudet Classic (Grenache and Cinsault) that
was very elegant. Photo: W.T. Manfull
|Christian Faucher of Les Quatre Tours. Photo: W.T. Manfull|
|Moments before the Provence in the City 2014 tasting in Boston began(top). |
Two rosés from Château de L'Escarelle (bottom) Photo: W.T. Manfull
|Matthieu Negrel of Mas de Cadenet. Photo: W.T. Manfull|
Famille Quiot-Domaine Houchart brought two rosés (and a white and a red). The Quiot family has been making wine since 1748. They have properties in the Rhone Valley as well as in Provence. At Provence in the City 2014, I tasted Domaine Houchart from Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre) and Domaine Houchart from Côtes de Provence (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Cabernet Sauvignon), both of which were exceptionally pleasing. With such significant acidity, they would be particularly good with food. Both wines received awards at the international competition, Les Vinalies Internationales 2014—a gold for the Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire and a silver for the Côtes de Provence.
|Jerome Quiot from Famille Quiot-Domaine Houchart Photo: W.T. Manfull|
Estandon Vignerons, a winery with vineyards in Côtes de Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence had only one of the three bottles they had intended to pour, but it was a very nice dry rosé. It had a creamy mouth feel, as if it had been aged in oak but it had not been. Jérôme Degonde, the Export Director, said that Estandon Vignerons, back in 1947, was the first winery to bottle their rosés on the premises (as opposed to shipping in bulk).
|Jérôme Degonde of Estandon Vignerons amd Carol Wohl, Importer Photo: W.T. Manfull|
|Alain Riviere of Chateau d'Esclans. Photo: W.T. Manfull|
|Photo: W.T. Manfull|
|Viktorija Todorovska and Francois Millo, Director of CIVP. Their new book, |
Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living was just released. (They were signing my copy!)
Photo: W.T. Manfull
As Eric Asimov wrote in a 2010 New York Times piece about a rosé tasting. “You really don’t need to see the seaside shimmering in the heat to enjoy a bottle, or smell the lavender, garlic, anise and saffron. It’s all there in the glass, along with the blues, pinks, and yellows of a pastel sky, and the sounds of the motor scooters chugging over the cobblestones. Those are my images, at least. Good rosés call forth from each of us their own.”
|Photo: Francois Millo/CIVP|
*This marketing study was conducting by EOC International in 2008