H&B Côtes de Provence Rosé
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 is completed with others from the limestone foothills that add some mineralogy and Cinsault, from vineyards close to the Mediterranean Sea, brings 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.
90 points / Highly Recommend – Decanter 2018 Provence Rose tasting, Aug 2019
91 points & Silver Medal – Decanter WWA 2018
90 points – Wine Advocate 2018
90 points – Wine Enthusiast 2018
A delightful pale pink rose with expressive floral notes backed by fennel and anise. It offers immense charm and minerality on the finish. The glass stopper makes for an innovative and faultless closure.
About the Producer
Hecht & Bannier
Maison Hecht & Bannier is a ‘Negociant Eleveur’ dedicated to sourcing and then blending wines from the Mediterrean 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 bench-mark 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 overiding aim is to conserve the typical Mediterranean strength in their wines while preserving balance and vitality for all the appellations produced.