2012 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé
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Chateau Revelette Time to Take up Boules?

It's a magical place, just 20 minutes from the Cours Mirabeau of Aix-en-Provence. But as you pull into the sleepy village of Jouques and see the café where the old guys have been playing boules and drinking Pastis since 10am, you know you're a long way from the almost Parisien bustle of Aix. This is Provence at its best, a Pagnol picture in a Jean de Florette village that's somehow stuck in time.

If you come to Jouques -- and you must -- be careful. After a single spring morning at the café, watching the octogenarians pitch, you may begin to rethink your life. Who has it better? Is it the Wall Street banker who leaves his 3mm dollar home in Darien at 5:30am en route to Grand Central Station? Or might it be the thin, scraggly looking guy over there, with the hand-rolled cigarette dangling from his lips, carefully measuring his next toss of that heavy metal ball?

For those of you who aren't so sure, we're about to raise the ante. One trip not just to Jouques, but to the estate that has stolen the hearts of the keepers of the top wine lists of the Cote d'Azur, and you'll reconsider. When you pull into the long driveway at Chateau Revelette, reacquaint yourself with the peacock that rules this roost, smell the lavender, the wild thyme, and the rosemary -- then take one sip of Peter Fischer's mouthwatering rosé -- you may be ready to take up boules.

What makes this 2012 blend of cooler climate Grenache, Syrah and Clairette not just delicious -- but complex, and almost intellectual? First there's Fischer, who has single-handedly willed a few dozen organically farmed parcels into a Provencal wine-growing garden. Then there's the unique situation. At just over 1,000 feet in elevation, bracketed by the white chalk mountains to the north, the Revelette microclimate is far cooler than much of Provence. Just a half hour south -- 15 miles as the crow flies -- the harvest takes place a full two weeks before Fischer begins. The result? The grapes here reach phenomenal phenolic ripeness, while still harboring riveting nordique acidity. In 2012, Fischer, as always, hand-harvested a pristine crop, still sorting first on the vine, then again on the sorting table. After conducting a short maceration to impart color and a bit of tannin, Revelette's world-class pink wine was vinified more like a top pedigree white than anything simply pink.

This stunning, just-released 2012 is salmon-pink in color, with a piercing nose of apricot skin, and wildflowers. The attack is at once juicy, vibrant and supple, showing off fine layers of delicate red fruit, finishing with mouthwatering almost saline acidity.

The 2010 Revelette Rosé would wow the stingiest wine critic in the world, Stephen Tanzer, who published a lavish review before lobbing on 91 points. Last year, it would be WineAccess buyers who led the charge. 76 members rated with 56 coming in at 4 or 5 stars, for an aggregate rating of 3.92 -- the highest for any pink wine in website history.

Tasting Notes

2012 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé
"Glistening pale salmon-pink in color, with piercing aromas of apricot skin, wild flowers, and sweet herbes-de-Provence. Juicy, wonderfully pure and supple, with fine saline acidity. Not so much a quaffable rosé, as it is an intellectual pink wine, begging for an oversized Riedel stem, a warm spring breeze, and salmon sizzling on the grill. Drink now-2015."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

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