Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé Hits All Bar One
We always enjoy bringing in UK-firsts but I’m not sure we have ever been as excited as we are to roll out the first draught Cote d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé in All Bar One sites next week.
Produced by the incredible Hecht & Bannier and scoring 90 points in both the prestigious Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker tastings, this happy organic marriage of Grenache and Cinsault that epitomises a summer in the south of France will be showcased on draught for the first time at ABO venues.
Grapes for H&B’s rosé are selected from the cooler parts of the upper Provence vineyards. The higher altitudes also allow a full maturity without excessive sugar, therefore lower in alcohol content.
These grapes are complimented with others from the limestone foothills that add some mineralogy and Cinsault, from vineyards close to the Mediterranean Sea, that bring a subtle, salty and anise expression.
Vines are harvested at night between 3.00am and 9.00am in order to avoid oxidation and to preserve all of the fresh characteristics of the terroir and varietal. Grenache and Syrah are macerated together so that their personalities and qualities intermingle.
Graham Archibald said:
“This wine is known and loved around the world so we’re immensely proud to be the first to launch it in this innovative new format. With the bank holidays and summer around the corner, we think it will be a huge hit and bring a little piece of Provence to UK consumers.”
Key wine info:
Grape Varieties: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Rolle
Sources: Saint Antonin, Entrecasteaux, Carcès, Pourrières, La Londe-les-Maures
Maturing: Concrete and stainless steel tanks
Tasting note from winemaker: “For our Cotes de Provence rosé we take a path quite apart from the one we follow for our Languedoc rosé, with its high proportion of Syrah. We have sought a Provence rosé of immense charm and minerality redolent of fennel, anise and purple flowers.”
Other: 20 litre key keg, Vegan , Vegetarian
Food match: Incredibly versatile but great with tuna, anchovies, crab and salmon
About Hecht & Bannier
Maison Hecht & Bannier is a ‘Negociant Eleveur’ dedicated to sourcing and then blending wines from the Mediterranean regions. They started in 2001 with partners Gregory Hecht and François Bannier assembling four cuvées of Southern France appellations.
Convinced that the Roussillon to Provence region has not yet received the international recognition that it deserves for its quality and diverse vineyards, they have expanded their passion for blending and now visit hundreds of producers to select the best juice. Often the grapes come from vineyards in the cooler foothills where it isn’t unusual to see hundred year-old vines.
The goal is to have the H&B label become the benchmark for wines in a range of appellations, allowing wine-lovers to discover the extraordinary quality and wealth of the region.
Each blend is usually based on 5 to 10 samples from the 15-30 that have been pre-selected; some very good wines are rejected because they do not express H&B’s vision of the appellation. The blend can change between vintages to remain true to each specific geographical origin, while emphasising particularly successful grapes or vineyards in each harvest.
Once the long selection process has come to an end, H&B then begin to create the blends and decide the ‘elevage’ options. The overriding aim is to conserve the typical Mediterranean strength in their wines while preserving balance and vitality for all the appellations produced.