Le Caprice de Clémentine rosé 2020
AOC Côtes de Provence, Château Les Valentines, 750 ml
Let yourself be enchanted by the most beautiful and romantic Mediterranean lifestyle. An elegant, inspiring rosé perfect for a summe r's day, made from the traditional grape varieties of Provence. It smells delicately of Mediterranean herbs, citrus fruits, berries and peach. On the palate, it presents itself balanced, fresh, juicy. Aromas of nectarine, cherry, tangerine and fine herbal spice. Delicacy, elegance and salty minerality encourage another glass.
A product of the Marc Almert Selection
With the Marc Almert Selection, the ASI Best Sommelier of the World 2019, presents you a personally compiled selection of wines that inspire and touch him.
Marc Almert about the Le Caprice de Clémentine Rosé
A dangerous wine... if you take it with you to the lakefront on a sunny day, you'll be well advised to pack several bottles because it goes down so easily. From there, it's but a small leap of the imagination to find yourself in picturesque Provence, where the Pons family turned its back on the IT business at the end of the 1990s to take over this organic winery, naming it after their children Valentin and Clémentine. Also named after their daughter is this nimble rosé from 40-year-old Grenache Noir and Cinsault vines. You will be captivated by its many citric and light berry notes, almost reminiscent of candied raspberries. Ideal as an aperitif but also great served with light snacks and summer salads or with olives.
|Origin:||France / Provence / Côtes de Provence|
|Grape variety:||Grenache, Cinsault|
|Label:||Certified organic or biodynamic wine|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 3 years|
|Serving temperature:||8 to 10 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Apéro riche, Grilled fish, Mild semi-hard cheese, Vegetable cous-cous, Salad with vegetables, pulses, pasta|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, pressed carefully and immediately, fermentation at low temperatures|
|Maturation:||in steel tank|
Château Les Valentines
Not far from the picturesque towns of Nice and Saint-Tropez, the owners of Château Les Valentines, Gilles and Pascale Pons, produce wines that reflect the summery lightness and intense sensuality of the beautiful Provence countryside.
Ever since the two owners turned their backs on the IT industry in Paris in 1997, they have dedicated their hearts and souls to the wines of Château Les Valentines. The estate is more than a century old and was recently extended by a modern building. The château and one of its wines are named after the two children Valentin and Clémentine. The former owners were so-called grape growers who sold their grapes to the local cooperative for further processing.
Located above the vast bay by La Londe-les-Maures, in the AOC Côtes de Provence, 35 hectares are planted with Ecocert-certified organic Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tibouren, Rolle, Clairette and Ugni Blanc. These are old vines at an average age of 30 years. They produce rosé cuvées such as the elegant and mineral Château Les Valentines and Le Caprice de Clémentine, its fruity and delicate little brother. The Pons family vinify a total of 75% of their grapes into rosé wines, 20% into red wine and 5% into white wine.
Grenache seldom comes alone
Spaniards and Sardinians make the Grenache contentious: both claim it originated from their country. In fact, it had already appeared in both places by the 16th century. But a large number of mutations in Spain indicates that it has deeper roots on the Iberian Peninsula. The Grenache is meaty and spicy, with a wonderful, fruity sweetness and rich aromas of blackberry, cassis, plums and pepper. Under the name Garnacha, it contributes fullness to the Rioja. In Sardinia it is called Cannonau, where it yields strong, expressive wines. But its stronghold is in France. Grenache is the star in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and streams into many other assemblages from the south. Its preferred partners are Syrah and Mourvèdre. This blend is also very popular abroad. In Australia, these wines are simply called "GSM".
Sun in a glass
The southern French Cinsault, also written Cinsaut, is a curiosity among the grape varieties. It belongs to the so-called “dyer grapes”. These are red grapes in which the pigments sit not only in the skins but also in the flesh. That means, when the Cinsault is pressed, pink juice results, rather than the white you see from other grapes. Previously, the Cinsault was used to spice up lighter-coloured Burgundy. But now it has become emancipated. With a soft, fruity style, seductive raspberry and strawberry aromas and good aging potential, it mixes with the most renowned growths from the southern Rhône, around the Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Solo, it yields wonderfully aromatic rosés.
France – Philosophy in a bottle
According to French philosophy, wine should be an expression of the soil and climate. They use the word “terroir” to describe this. Terroir makes every wine different, and many especially good. French wine is regarded worldwide as an expression of cultural perfection. The French believe that humans are responsible for the quality of the berries, the vine variety for their character, and nature for the quantity. This philosophy can be expressed succinctly as: “the truth is the vineyard, not the man.”