2018 Chateau Vignelaure Rose Coteaux d’Aix en Provence

Provence has long been the place that conjures up visions of Rose wines. But for many, those are wines from Cotes de Provence like the ones served on the beach fronts of Saint Tropez and in the cafes of Cannes and Nice.

For those who think it’s only Rose from the coastal region that can bring refreshment to their lips, they’re missing out. Other regions in Provence like the Coteaux Varois and the Coteaux d’Aix en Provence delight as well, and even sometimes surpass the Cotes de Provence for food-friendly enjoyment.

That’s where the wines of Chateau Vignelaure comes in. One of the first Provence producers I ever enjoyed and visited back in the ’80s, Vignelaure is a gorgeous property that brings vines from the region east of the art-filled city of Aix en Provence to lips everywhere.

The 2018 Chateau Vignelaure Rose Coteaux d’Aix en Provence is a stunning example of blending.  Grenache and Syrah make up 70 percent of the blend but it’s the balance of Cabernet Sauvignon and Vermentino in the wine that gives it such a rich, food ready structure and it’s very long finish.

The 2018 Chateau Vignelaure Rose is rich in cherry blossom fruit and that lovely Herb de Provence appeal.  On the mouth bright cherries, soft grapefruit and white peaches hit you first before the strawberry and blueberry from the Grenache and Syrah ends the taste.

That’s why the 2018 Chateau Vignelaure Rose is today’s WineSiders’ Wine of The Day!!!

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