2016 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose

2016 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose

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Positively a grand slam — Juicy and high-toned with a gorgeous core of crushed red berry and orchard fruits

La Vie en Rose — Life as it Should be

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It’s a magical place, just a half hour from the center of Aix-en-Provence. As soon as you pull into the small village of Jouques and see the cafe where the septuagenarians have been sipping pastis and playing pétanque since 10am, you know you’re far more than 16 miles from Aix. This is France as it once was, but sadly, rarely is any more — a Pagnol landscape that’s somehow managed to opt out of the 21st century.

Take a seat at the cafe. Take it all in. The pétanque players are ill-kept, living on a subsistence wage. But lean back. Sip the pastis as you nurse an espresso, and ask yourself the most obvious question: Who has the better life? Is it the wealthy man who drives his S500 each weekday morning from Darien, Connecticut, to Columbus Circle? Or is it the thin, scraggly guy over there with the hand-rolled Gauloise dangling from his lips, carefully measuring his next toss of that heavy metal ball?

For those of you who are siding with the banker, it’s time to take a trip back in time. Take the back roads out of Aix on your way to Jouques, just to set the stage. Once in town, take the turnoff towards Château Revelette, where Peter Fischer fashions brilliant reds and the most exquisite pink wine in Provence. Sit down on the patio of Revelette as the peacock spreads its variegated tail. Smell the lavender, the wild thyme, and the rosemary. Swirl Fischer’s ultra-juicy 2016 Château Revelette Coteaux D’Aix-en-Provence Rosé. Swirl and taste.

Are you ready to take up pétanque??

What makes this salmon-pink blend of cooler-climate Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, and a splash of Ugni Blanc not just delicious — but downright SERIOUS? At just over 1,000 feet in elevation, bracketed by the white chalk mountains to the north, Revelette is somehow protected from the hot southern sun. Just a half-hour south — 15 miles as the crow flies — the harvest takes place a full two weeks before Fischer begins.

In the tremendous growing season in Provence of 2016, Fischer turned out one of his absolute finest rosés. The vintage was remarkably even-keeled, as hot, sunny days and cool nighttime temperatures gave way to a long growing season. The result? Organically farmed with a meticulousness more akin to Burgundy than Provence, Fischer nurses his vines to ripeness while retaining stinging “northern” vibrancy and acidity.

Salmon-pink in color. Underneath pronounced mineral aromas, a fabulous mouthwatering mix of peach, apricot, white flowers, and sweet herbes de Provence. Juicy and high-toned on a richly layered attack, with a gorgeous core of crushed red berry and orchard fruits, finishing with stinging salinity, intensity, and length. Positively a grand slam — Fischer has hit this one far out of the park.

Customer Ratings

Based on 74 ratings

I have now purchased this delightful Rose from Provence several years in a row (five, I think), and it is superb year after year. Crisp, fruity, and dry. It is the best Rose I've ever had, and I've had many over the years, including others from Provence.

Yummy bright defy but nice stone fruit and soft berry fruit presence

This is a very nice Provence rose. The producer is consistent Year to year.

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