"...when spring begins to bloom, and temperatures rise, opening a bottle of rosé offers you a promise, a foretaste of the coming summer. And in autumn, or even in winter, it will put a smile on your face, as an opportunity to remember the joy and pleasure of the long-gone summertime."
Nicolas Audebert (Winemaker)
The arrival of spring marks the release of our FINE+RARE recommended rosés to enjoy over the warmer months ahead. This year we are thrilled to add a brand new wine to the season’s line-up: Porquerolles Côtes de Provence Rosé from Domaine de l’Ile.
An exceptional wine from the Côte d’Azure’s idyllic Porquerolles island, and as elegant as its owner, CHANEL, this is a remarkable rosé that we are certain will not remain undiscovered for long. The property has been making wine since the early 1900s, but was recently acquired by the French fashion house, owners of Château Rauzan-Ségla and Château Canon in Bordeaux. In 25 years, they transformed these largely under-performing estates into two of the most in-demand wines of Bordeaux.
Sharing the same philosophy as its sister wineries, Domaine de l'Ile has invested in a stellar team, enlisting acclaimed winemaker Nicolas Audebert (read our recent interview) and vineyard manager Pierre Etcheberry. 2019 is the vintage of the handover to this revered winemaking team, resulting in a wine of exceptional quality.
This will remind you of your favourite Provençal rosé, but with an elegant freshness and mouthwatering salinity that evokes its island terroir. We think this may well be the best rosé buy you will come across, given the high standards of production and winemaking credentials behind the domaine.
F+R is proud to be the exclusive UK distributor of this very special “island” wine. Place your order today for delivery to UK addresses before the Bank Holiday weekend.
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“Potent perfumed aromas of dried rose petal, thyme, marjoram, candied red cherry and a waft of sea salt. The palate has a delightful texture, wonderfully smooth, silky tannins and very even set on the palate with a lovely composed, mid palate weight. Lovely fruit purity too with red cherry and strawberry fruits with a real fresh zing of salinity on the finish, which really makes the mouth water. The purity of the fruit provides an impressive length. Incredibly drinkable already, this is both fine, elegant and no doubt crowd-pleasing.”