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Château Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé 2011

It was a lovely early summer evening and as I began to figure out what I was going to make for dinner, I realised I felt like swerving from my usual reds so I strolled over to the fridge and plucked out a bottle of Château Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé 2011. Vignobles François Ravel is a family owned company that was founded in 1964. The domaine is housed at Château Montaud, which is also the site of an ancient Roman settlement. Although not a fully organic or a sustainable vineyard, the family focuses on taking care of the land, therefore traditional methods are of great importance. Practices such as ploughing to ventilate the soil instead of chemical applications, and organic fertilizers rather than chemical ones are utilized. The curvy bottle is actually the traditional shape that Provence Rosé wines were bottled in.

Sumptuous coral peachy-pink in colour, summertime aromas of strawberry and apple entwined with whispers of vanilla rose from my glass. Mellow strawberry and raspberry flavours mingled with zippy grapefruit notes in the light, nearly fizzy-like body. White pepper and clean minerals comprised the refreshing finish. Fun and graceful, this is a friendly glass fantastic on its own or with a light meal that enjoys the warmth of summer.

Rosé blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah
Côtes de Provence
Mis en Bouteille au Château [Estate Bottled]
12% Alcohol
$9 [Although I’ve seen it priced at up to $16]
Enjoy now thru 2013

2 comments on “Château Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé 2011

  1. This looks delish!


  2. it was, and such a beautiful colour!


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