Chateau Beaulieu, 'Cuvée Alexandre' Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2019
GRAPE VARIETIES: 52% Grenache/Garnacha , 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cinsault
REGION: Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence, FRANCE
This rosé is brilliantly clear and salmon pink in colour. On the nose, delicate aromas of white flowers, redcurrant, and wild strawberry develop into juicy white peach and pear notes. On the palate, a fresh acidity is balanced beautifully by the alcohol and nuances of papaya, giving an elegant mouthfeel and refreshing length.
- Alcohol (ABV): 12.5 %
- Acidity: 5.73 g/l
- Residual sugar: 0.47 g/l
- pH: 3.25
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
The Cuvée Alexandre is a delicious and modestly priced Provence rosé from Château Beaulieu, located in Rognes in Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. The estate comprises 180 hectares of vines which lie at an altitude of 400 metres, in the heart of an ancient volcanic crater. The vineyard land has been farmed in the area since Roman times, although the Château itself was built as a stronghold for the French King Henry III in 1576. Today, the estate is run by the Jeanjean family, who co-own Mas La Chevalière (in the South of France) and Domaine Laroche (Chablis) with Michel Laroche.
The grapes were harvested at night, cold direct pressed and fermented at a low temperature (14°C-18°C). Fermentation took place in the same way as a white wine (rather than using the 'saignée' method of drawing off part of a red wine early in the fermentation). This minimised the extraction of harsh phenolics, leading to a more delicate style of rosé with a fine textured finish.