La Courtade L’Alycastre Rosé 2011

My husband and I went to my sister’s and her fiance’s to see all the work they have been doing on their house and gardens. We had dinner reservations for later in the evening, so I brought a couple of bottles that I figured would go along nicely with a tour of her gardens and just hanging about the house with some light snacks beforehand. As we were admiring her new appliances, I gave a pour to La Courtade L’Alycastre Rosé 2011. The Courtade vineyard is located on the Isle of Porquerolles, a pristine nature preserve and part of 3 tiny islands off the coast of Provence. Purchased in 1979 by Henri Vidal in order to create a vineyard, the estate is now headed by Henri’s son Laurent. With a passion for organic agriculture, the estate now consists primarily of Mourvѐdre, along with smaller amounts of Grenache, Rolle and olive trees.
 
Gorgeous coral-pink in colour, summer aromas of tomato leaf, peach and rose petal radiated from my glass. Juicy strawberry and tart rhubarb flavours united with a racy acidity in the light to medium body. Smooth river stone minerals and orange zest comprised the refreshing finish. Spectacularly snappy and bright, this is an easy drinking glass on a hot summer day.
 
Rosé blend of equal quantities of Mourvѐdre, Grenache and Tibouren
Provence
France
Shipped and Bottled by Domaine De La Courtade
11.5% Alcohol
$11
Enjoy now thru 2013

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