As I had absolutely loved Château Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé 2011, I was quite enthusiastic to give the 2012 a pour when it appeared in the wine shops. Vignobles François Ravel is a family owned estate founded in 1964 and housed at Château Montaud, the site of an ancient Roman settlement. Although not certified, the family practices both organic and sustainable methods with great emphasis placed on taking care of the land. The curvy bottle is the traditional shape that Provence Rosé wines were historically bottled in.
Varying slightly from the 2011 vintage, beginning with the much paler coral colour, aromas of apricot, sweet honey and spicy ginger rose from the glass. Mellow melon and light strawberry notes comprised the light body, whilst clean minerals and traces of ginger mingled in the refreshing finish. Crisp and graceful, this is a friendly glass great on its own or with a light meal.
Winemaker’s blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah
Côtes de Provence
Mis en Bouteille au Château [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2014