380 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE JULES CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ 2015 $23 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar This delightful rosé is made from fifty per cent Grenache, thirty per cent Cinsault, ten per cent Semillon and ten per cent Rolle. It is a pale dusty peach colour in the glass. There are whiffs of strawberries and melon on the nose, and notes of peaches and lemons on the tongue. There is a long, refreshing lemon-lime finish. Light and tangy, it would go nicely with salad or seafood; we drank it paired with halibut and risotto. Excellent value. MIRABEAU CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ 2015 $25 at Marquis Wine Cellars This classic pale rosé comes from a site southeast of Aix-en-Provence and is a blend of about sixty per cent Syrah and forty per cent Grenache. The winemaker tells us that it was “night-harvested with a short maceration followed by a gentle pressing,” which is exactly what one wants at the end of a day in the sun. We detected floral scents followed by peach, mint and lemon flavours and a tangy finish a bit like raspberry lemonade. DOMAINE TEMPIER BANDOL 2012 $54 at Marquis Wine Cellars This is the entry-level but still cellar-worthy red from Domaine Tempier, drawn from the grapes of several parcels. The 2012 is primarily Mourvèdre blended with Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. (Also available in B.C. are the single-parcel cuvées called La Tourtine and Cabassaou, which are more expensive.) The 2012 we tasted was medium-red in colour, with stewed prunes, licorice and a little tar on the nose. In the mouth, it is very soft with flavours of plums, blackberries and herbs. There is a very dry, earthy finish with rather pronounced tannins that will continue to soften with age. This is a wine that needs a sturdy dish like short ribs or lamb to go with it. MIRAVAL CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ 2015 #412692 $60 This lovely, award-winning rosé is a collaboration of the Perrin family and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who own Château Miraval, near the village of Correns in the Var east of Aix-en-Provence. Now that Ms. Jolie and Mr. Pitt are going their separate ways, one wonders who will get the rosé. The only thing we can tell you is that the price in B.C. wine stores nearly doubled in the last year, making it a less attractive purchase. It is pale, rose-petal pink, with fresh fruit and floral scents. This wine has a nice balance of melon and citrus flavours, although we did detect a little separation on the finish.
May Advocate 2017
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