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Gabriel Meffre

Côtes de Provence

Appellation d'origine protégée

Located around the base of the Mont Sainte Victoire, East from the lovely city of Aix en Provence, the vines are protected from the Mistral wind and harsh winter conditions. They grow in a privileged environment to elaborate a very elegant and expressive rosé.

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2016
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After a mild and dry winter, a spring without frost and a particularly hot summer, harvesting began several days later than 2015, with the grape varieties being picked late August/ early September. During the harvest, weather conditions were truly exceptional, with warm clear days, fresh nights and some occasional light rainfall, stretching from early September all the way until the end of October. The sanitary state of the grapes throughout the region was excellent. So, this year again, the 2016 vintage is very qualitative, particularly for southern appellations.

Rewards

90  Wine & Spirits magazine

14.5/20   Guide des Vins Bettane & Desseauve 2018

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Côtes de Provence
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

Grenache (mainly)

Syrah

Terroir: 

The vines are located at the base of the Mont Sainte Victoire, East from the city of Aix en Provence. This imposing mountain protects them from the Mistral wind and harsh winter conditions.

Grenache & Syrah grow on calcareous & sandstone soils,  on "espaliers" or terraces. They benefit from a Mediterranean climate, tempered by an altitude of 300 meters.

Winemaking: 

Harvesting early in the morning while temperatures are cool and grapes are still fresh

Each grape variety is vinified individually at low temperature to favour lively floral and fruity aromas

Short pre-fermentation soak (appx. 4 hours)

Juices are racked off, blended and fermented

Bottling in early January 2016 to preserve fresh & fruity aromas

Tasting notes: 

Very elegant pale rosé robe with purple highlights

Expressive nose of small red fruits and citrus

Savoury and round on the palate with a fresh finish

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Served at 10 - 12°C

Food pairing suggestions : on its own for an apéritif, for a summer lunch, salads, grilled meats or fish, fresh vegetables, Mediterranean or Asian cuisine

Enjoy now and within 2 years of harvest

Gabriel Meffre's history is intimately bound to wines of Provence as he has been the owner of a domaine in the Côtes de Provence since 1969. Afterward, the Gabriel Meffre winery has always proposed Côtes de Provence rosé, as a complement to its mainly red wines from the Rhône Valley.

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