Domaine Houchart Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

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Estate: Domaine Houchart has a long and rich history of grape growing. Dating as far back as ancient Roman times, the estate is 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 thru history to to 1890 when 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: The terroir and microclimate of the sub appellation of Sainte Victoire are known for creating wines that are dry and mineral driven. Grapes were sourced from vineyards with poor, well-drained gravel and limestone soils. Aged on the lees for 4 months. The winemaker suggests enjoying as an aperitif.

Tasting Notes: Pale coral in colour with welcoming aromas of peach, candied ginger and clean minerals. Summer-fresh peach and nectarine flavours are accented by a hint of tart red currant and a shake of white pepper. The mineral driven, dry finish keeps this fantastically refreshing on hot summer days.

Blend of Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence
France
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine [Estate Bottled]
14% Alcohol
$12
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