2019 La Bernarde Les Hauts du Luc Provence Rosé


Bright and minerally focused, displaying fresh orange, strawberry and floral aromas
in the glass. Energetic and precise on the palate, offering strawberry, blood orange, nectarine
and lavender notes.

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Provence, France

Bordered by the Mediterranean, this picturesque region is known for kind hospitality, the smell of fresh lavender and herbs in the air, and fresh and delicate wines. Provence is primarily known for its production of rosé wine, which accounts for the vast majority of wine, although red wine is also made here. Provence rosé tends to be pale in color, light-bodied, dry, and aromas and flavors of elegant red fruits and herbs. With a resembling climate to its neighbor in the north, the Rhône Valley, Provence is using similar primary grape varietals in their production of both rosé and red wines. These include Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon. For white wine production, Ugni Blanc, Rolle, Sémillon, and Clairette take the lead for grapes.

Provence is home to three main appellations including Côte de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence. Côte de Provence being the largest appellation in the region encompasses the majority of wine production. Additionally, there are a few pockets of vineyards near the coastline that were given their own individual Appellation contrôlée, the most important is considered to be Bandol. Located to the east of Marseille, Bandol is putting out highly-regarded red wines traditionally using the Mourvèdre grape. These wines tend to be dark, full-bodied with powerful tannins allowing them to age for decades.

La Bernarde is a historic property in the village of Luc in the Côtes de Provence that has been restored by the owners of Commanderie de Peyrassol, utilizing the same winemaking team. This rock-laden limestone hillside that neighbors the famed Peyrassol, produces what many consider to be the noblest rosé in Provence. At nearly 300m above sea level, the village sees snow most winter, allowing for a longer and more balanced ripening of the grapes. In fact, harvests in this area start on average 10 days later than the lower lying sites. The high altitude, cooler micro-climate sets La Bernarde apart from the hot flatlands of St. Tropez and the rest of Provence.

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