Domaine De Grandpre

In Provence’s “golden triangle,” the soil is known as the terre de rosé. Here, at the base of the Massif des Maures, on the sundrenched hills of Pierrefeu, nestled in a small valley, spreads the Domaine de Grandpré estate, with its 64 acres of vines, its olive trees, and its woodlands surrounded by the wild smell of thyme, lavender, and rosemary. Here the Romans already cultivated vines centuries ago. This is the home of red, tan, and rocky soil; the Mistral wind that whips it up; and the sun that burns it. These three elements feed the estate’s typical Mediterranean vines and make them sink their roots deep. Grapes are harvested by hand, at the point of perfect maturity.

Valérie Vidal Revel felt in love with the estate, the warm and windy climate that dry the grapes quickly after rainfall and allow farming to be naturally biological.

Three springs run thru the domaine and it is truly a magical place to farm.

Old Carignan vines made the reputation of the domaine that was created in 1957 but Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvédre and Syrah are also planted. The production is small, about four thousands cases annually as the yields are limited to forty hecto/ha.

Philosophy

Farming is reasonable practice, no chemicals are used, only copper and sulfur solution for pesticides and organic fertilizer.

Domaine de Grandpré Cotes de Provence Rosé “Cuvée Minotaureis an old vines blend of Grenache, Cinsault & Carignan. Only a thousand cases are made each year from this eight acres parcel located 330 feet above the sea level. The vines were planted in 1973 and they are harvested at dawn to preserve freshness. Following a very short skin contact at cold temperature, the grapes are gently press and fermented in stainless steel tanks. With its pale pink hue, this rosé shows refined aromas under a bouquet of white flowers, apricot, and wild herbs. The mouth-feel is round and powerful with a long finish of citrus.

The cuvee favorite is an equal part blend of Mourvédre, Grenache and Cinsault, a seductive lighter style rosé wine packed with white flowers, grapefruit and citrusy flavors. A lot of freshnessand minerals component.

This is the kind of rosé one want to drink in a hot summer day…!