2013 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé
 
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Chateau Revelette Linked Out in Provence

It's a magical place, just 20 minutes from the center of Aix-en-Provence. As you pull into the tiny hamlet of Jouques and see the café where the octogenarians have been drinking Pastis since 10 a.m., you feel yourself hurtling back in time. This is France as it rarely is any more — a Jean de Florette village that's chosen to opt out of the modern world.

Park the car. Pull up a chair. The wind blows gently, rustling lavender and rosemary. There's barely a cloud in the sky: The backdrop to the white crags of Les Alpilles is turquoise blue. Order an espresso or, better still, take a cue from the old guys and chase the syrupy coffee with a glass of Revelette rosé. Sit back. Breathe it all in. Smell and sip — and wonder why you ever thought you needed an iPhone or a tablet or created a LinkedIn profile.

Just a few kilometers away at Chateau Revelette, the German enologist Peter Fischer hand-tends this magnificent property set at 1,000 feet in elevation. The farming protocol is strictly organic. The Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault beam with health under the Provençal sun. The days are hot but the nights are cool. It's the combination of Fischer's throwback, "Jouquian" viticulture and that dramatic diurnal temperature shift that accounts for what many believe to be Provence's most exquisite rosé.

Fischer's just-released 2013 Chateau Revelette Coteaux en Provence D'Aix Rosé is brilliant salmon-pink to the rim, infused with piercing aromas of strawberry, apricot pit and floral oils. Surprisingly rich and supple in 2013, far more serious than a pink wine has any right to be, richly layered, finishing with classic Provençal crispness.

One of the few wineries to ever receive 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar for their pink wine, just 1,200 bottles of this stunning 2013 have been earmarked for WineAccess — at a mouthwatering $15.99/bottle.



Tasting Notes

2013 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé
"Peter Fischer's just-released 2013 Chateau Revelette Coteaux D'Aix en Provence Rosé is brilliant salmon-pink to the rim, infused with piercing aromas of strawberry, apricot pit and floral oils. Surprisingly rich and fleshy in 2013 — more like an awfully serious white wine than anything simply pink — finishing with almost "northern" crispness and verve. A tremendous effort from Revelette, the best we've tasted since 2005."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

 

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