June 2012

Pinks from Provence

By: Anthony Dias Blue

As an adjunct to my reviews of the top-scoring Provençal rosés in the June 2012 issue of THE TASTING PANEL, here are notes on some of the other wines in the recent tasting. —Anthony Dias Blue

86 Château Gassier 2011 Côtes de Provence "Sables d'Azur" ($12)
Dense and meaty; minerally and edgy with a long finish; Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache.
CANNON WINES LTD/BRONCO WINE CO.

 
88 Bieler Père et Fils 2011 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence "Sabine" ($12)
Light pink; juicy and fresh, tangy and long with crisp acidity and nice raspberry fruit; 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
BIELER PÈRE ET FILS

86 Château de Brigue 2011 Côtes de Provence Signature ($14)
Smooth and very simple; minerally and clean but a bit dull; 45% Mourvèdre, 45% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
TRU WINES LLC

88 Château de Brigue 2009 Syrah Signature, Côtes de Provence ($14)
Smooth, lush and velvety; ripe and juicy with blackberry and nice structure; long and supple; .
TRU WINES LLC

88 Château La Mascaronne 2011 Côtes de Provence Rosé "Quat'Saisons" ($15)
Fresh and tangy with bright acidity, lively minerals and spice; juicy with a long finish; Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache.
VINUM WINE IMPORTING

88 Château de Brigue 2011 Côtes de Provence "Prestige" ($18)
Juicy and tangy with citrus and strawberry; long, balanced and fresh; 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Semillon.
TRU WINES LLC

 
87 Château Thuerry 2011 Côtes de Provence Rosé "Le Château" ($18)
Lush and dense with ripe minerals and spice; fresh and balanced; Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault.
ANGELS' SHARE WINES

87 Domaine du Grand Cros 2011 Côtes de Provence "Jules" ($18)
Juicy and simple; clean and racy with strawberry and tangy acidity; Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan.
JULES WINES

 
88 Caves d'Esclans 2011 Côtes de Provence "Whispering Angel" ($20)
Smooth, ripe and lush with crisp acidity; tangy and balanced; Grenache, Cinsault, Vermentino, Tibouren, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre.
SHAW-ROSS INTERNATIONAL IMPORTERS

88 Domaine du Grand Cros 2009 Côtes de Provence "Espirit de Provence" ($20)
Smooth and fresh; bright and balanced; lively but has some good density; Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon.
JULES WINES

 
88 Château Miraval 2010 Côtes de Provence"Pink Floyd" ($22)
Juicy, bright and smooth; clean and tangy; balanced and long; fresh; Cinsault, Grenache.
INTEGRITY WINES/INTERNATIONAL CELLARS

87 Château Léoube 2011 Côtes de Provence"Rosé de Léoube" ($25)
Smooth, minerally and clean; dense and juicy; Syrah,Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre.
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS, TRANSATLANTIC DIVISION/CLASSIC WINES

89 Château Thuerry 2008 Coteaux Varios en Provence "Les Abeillons Rouge" ($25)
Not a rosé, but noteworthy: Lush and smooth; ripe and deep with pure plum and lovely structure; Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache.
ANGELS' SHARE WINES

88 Saint André de Figuiére 2011 Côtes de Provence "La Londe Confidentielle" ($27)
Racy and clean; fresh and juicy; long, balanced and tangy; Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre.
PAUL M. YOUNG FINE WINES

87 Château Gassier Sainte-Victoire 2011 Côtes de Provence "946" ($30)
Dense, lively and juicy with tropical fruit and ripe citrus; Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache.
CANNON WINES LTD/BRONCO WINE CO.

88 Château La Mascaronne 2011 Côtes de Provence "Secret de Léoube" ($32)
Juicy and minerally; fresh and clear with depth and balance; Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon.
VINUM WINE IMPORTING

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