Take a breath of fresh air, and let's travel to France, shall we?
In this blog, we will be traveling to the Provence region in France.
If you know about Rosé, and where its popularly made, then you have probably heard of Provence, France. But did you know that, there are three sub-regions in this area? Yes, there are three, and today we will be talking about two of them.
The region has three sub-regions, which are:
- Coteaux Varois En Provence
- Coteaux D' Aix-En-Provence
- Cotes de Provence
First, let's travel to the Coteaux D' Aix-En-Provence area. It's located in the western part, and extends from the Durance River to the Mediterranean Sea. The winds in this sub-region, is what creates the start of a masterpiece for all rosé production. It's referred to the "Mistral," winds, which are a strong and dry, yet very cold winds blowing from the north. Allowing this particular appellation to receive 2,900 hours of sunshine a year. This particular area, also experiences between 21-26 inches a year of rainfall, which occurs in the spring and autumn seasons. The soil, is special, because it has a varied soil type, like:
- Sandy, often molasse + sandstone
- Stony with a clay or loamy-sand texture on the terraces of the Durance River.
Rosés that are like the Maison Marcel, that were harvested here, have aroma characteristics of your citrus and exotic fruit and yellow and white fruit flavors. Allowing the rosés to be pure pale in color, and allowing your nose to become in love with the notes instantly, because of how intense the aromas are. Fruit-Forward, a roundness texture to your palate, and a beautiful aromatic freshness on the finish.
To taste the love of the 2020 Maison Marcel Rosé, purchase it here.
Let's travel to the other side of region, and discover the Côtes de Provence area. This area, has what's called a sub-soil type which represents the beautiful, yet complex geology of this region. In the north and west, you would see a more calcerous soil type, and in the east and south parts of the area, experience a crystalline texture in your Rosé.
The south and east areas, experience the grapevines facing towards the sea, allowing the crystalline to sit and form into eruptive rocks by way of the Maures and Tanneron Mountain ranges.
This region, you'll have rosés that are made with Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan and Tibouren grapes.
Rosés produced and harvested in this area, you'll experience a luminous appearance with more of a blush pale in color with more intense to the palate, especially with Rosés that were harvested after 2018 vintages. Characteristics of this area, you'll experience notes of berries, citrus, and Mediterranean floral notes.
Food Pairing: For rosés harvested in the Côtes de Provence area, you can easily pair with dishes like aioli, roasted vegetables, risotto, pasta with seafood, like with clams and or tagines.
For Rosés harvested in the D'Aix-En-Provence, pair with dishes like sea caught fish, either pan-seared and or marinated and soft cheeses.
Before you go Tips:
If you want to go next level with your Rosé drinking, here are some tips below:
- Serve chilled, serve anywhere between 46-50 degrees, fahrenheit, don't serve with ice cubes
- Allow 2 to 3 hours of chilling in the fridge, unopened.
- If you don't want to put it in the fridge, use an ice bucket filled with fresh water
- Pro-Tip: Chill the glasses, without the Rosé, in the fridge until the last moment
- Preferably, use large stemmed glasses, and fill the glass with the Rosé to 1/3 of its capacity. This will allow the Rosé to preserve its temperature and the aromas.
We hope you enjoyed this blog, feel free to share this with your friends and family! And next time you have friends and or family over, pull out a bottle of Rosé from the Provence region.
From the Palatini's Team