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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 give a very elegant and expressive rosé.

The 2017 vintage is looking to be one of the most promissing of the past few years with wines that are particularly elegant and harmonious, with superb, concentrated aromas and a solid ageing potential. The weather conditions during the growing season were difficult and extreme, resulting in a challenging task at harvest time. The high temperatures and almost total lack of rainfall since Springtime brought the harvest date forward by almost 10 days in many regions. Although these extreme conditions impacted heavily on the size of the harvest, with one of the smallest in the last 60 years, the quality is looking to be exceptional.
90   The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
Côtes de Provence


Grenache (mainly)


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


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 2018 to preserve fresh & fruity aromas.
What is notable for the 2017 vintage: given the very high temperatures during the harvest period, the challenge was to preserve all the aromatic potential and freshness of the grapes. Therefore we harvested very early in the morning and were able to use cooling facilities in the cellar if the temperature of the grapes exceeded 20°C when arriving in the winery.

Note de dégustation: 

Delicate « powdery pink » color. ‚ Very expressive nose of redcurrant and pink grapefruit. Full-flavoured yet, brisk and fresh with mineral notes on the finish.

Service & accords: 

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 to 3 years after 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.

Sainte victoire