`Cuvée Alexandre` Rosé Coteaux d`Aix-en-Provence

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

Château Beaulieu

The Cuvée Alexandre is a delicious and modestly priced Provence Rosé from Château...

Beaulieu, located in Rognes in Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. The estate comprises 180 hectares of vines which lie at an altitude of 400 metres, in the heart of an ancient volcanic crater. The vineyard land had been farmed in the area since Roman times, although the Château itself was built as a stronghold for the French King Henry III in 1576. Today, the estate is run by the Jeanjean family, who co-own Mas la Chevalière (in the South of France) and Domaine Laroche (Chablis) with Michel Laroche.

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Vineyards

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence lies west along the Mediterranean coast from the Côtes de Provence appellation. The sunny, dry, Mediterranean climate ensures ripe, fruit-driven wines. The sea breezes moderate the hot, drying influence of the Mistral, which blows from the North; this means that the vines are not stressed, the balance is better and the wine retains freshness and aroma alongside the fruit.

Vintage Information

2017 was one of the most difficult vintages in living memory for Provence, suffering from hail and frost in the spring before a drought in the summer. Although the crop was small, the fruit is tremendously concentrated, meaning that the quality is excellent. Harvest was one of the earliest recorded, beginning mid-August.

Vinification

The grapes were pressed and fermented in the same way as a white wine (rather than using the 'saignée' method of drawing off part of a red wine early in the fermentation). This minimised the extraction of harsh phenolics, and has led to a more delicate style of rosé with a fine textured finish.

Tasting Notes

This rosé is brilliantly clear salmon pink in colour. Abound with redcurrant and wild strawberry perfumes that develop into juicy white peach and pear notes. On the palate, fresh acidity is balanced beautifully with the alchohol, giving an elegant mouthfeel and refreshing length.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 41% Grenache/Garnacha
28% Cabernet Sauvignon
17% Syrah/Shiraz
6% Cinsault
4% Vermentino
3% Sauvignon Blanc
1% Semillon
Region Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence
Winemaker Michel Fabre
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.3g/l
Residual Sugar 1.7g/l
Wine pH 3.2