2008 Jerome Quiot Côtes de Provence Rosé les Arnevels

2008 Jerome Quiot Côtes de Provence Rosé les Arnevels Front Label
  • WHO: Famille Quiot
  • WHAT: 35% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Mourvèdre , and 5% other grape varieties from les Arnevels vineyard.
  • WHEN: 2008
  • WHERE: Côtes de Provence, France
  • HOW: The grapes are partly pressed and macerated with a short fermentation period of 12-24 hours for color. According to the bottle: “Special efforts are made to preserve freshness and fruit with the use of CO² gas to exclude oxygen during the harvest.” To this, we tilt our heads like curious kittens.

WHY: Les Arnevels is French for Paliurus spina-christi, the thorny, Mediterranean shrub aptly named, “Christ’s Thorn,” as woven into legend as the source of Jeebus’ crown. Well, if this wine would have hurt him, we’re sure he would have forgiven it. After all, this is the brother who turned water into wine.

Despite this French rosé unexpectedly being a screw cap, it is a pleasure to drink from the moment it is opened. This blood of th’lamb has a pungent nose of flowers and wild strawberries that gently slaps you in the face. It has an amazingly silky smooth mouth feel that illuminates the warm citrus, strawberry, and watermelon flavors. As the wine warms, the nose gets sweeter with cotton candy perfuming the bouquet. The winemaker has left the last 5% of the grapes a mystery, but even at such a small percentage, they add a complexity that pulls the blend together.

The Wrap: Let’s be honest. For under $10, it’ll be hard to find a better Côtes de Provence Rosé. Jesse & Luke paired this wine with dessert at a dinner that they catered to great success. At this price point, this harmonious wisp of flower and fruit is a must try with both your pious and unpious friends. For a great wine at a great price, find salvation in this summertime sacrament.

Wine Website: http://www.robertquiot.com/

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