Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé 2014

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Simple and refreshing, a consistently fantastic Côtes de Provence Rosé.

Estate: Domaine Houchart has a long and rich history of grape growing. Dating as far back as ancient Roman times, the estate located at the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire near Aix-en-Provence, was the site of a Gallo-Roman Villa, which would have included vineyards and wine production. Through the efforts of the monks of Saint Victor’s Abbey in Marseille who cleared the area in the 11th century, the estate acquired its current form. Jumping to 1890, the estate was purchased by wine merchant [and friend of the famous painter Paul Cézanne], Aurélien Houchart, the sale lists “plantations of vines and almonds…includes the barrels in the cellar.” In 1984 Geneviève Quiot, Aurélien’s great granddaughter, took over the estate and renamed it after her great grandfather, giving it it’s current name of Domaine Houchart. Today Florence and Jean-Baptiste are the 5th generation of the family to work the 200 acre estate.

Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from 40 year old vines with a soil blend of clay and limestone.

Tasting Notes: Pale coral in colour with aromas of strawberry and chalky minerals. Delicate berry and citrus zest flavours are complimented by minerals and hints of white pepper on the smooth, dry finish.

Pairing Suggestions from the winery: Great as an aperitif and with salads, pizza and mild cheeses.

Blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre
Côtes de Provence
France
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine [Estate Bottled]
12.5% Alcohol
$11
Enjoy now thru 2016

Rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast

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