Intensely aromatic on the nose, with exotic fruits like passion fruit and guava, as well as a hint of banana. On the palate, this has a touch of viscosity and weight. The guava continues, with added notes of Asian pear, melon and fennel. The balance on this comes from the sea salt sailinity instead of acidity. Chill and serve with seared scallops or veggie kebebas on the grill.
Rolle, more commonly known as Vermentino, is grown mostly in the Mediterranean regions of Corsica, Sardegna and the Italian coastal region of Liguria, as well as increasing plantings along France’s Mediterranean coast. It typically makes deeply-coloured, full and ripe wines. Ugni Blanc, known throughout Italy as Trebbiano, is France’s most planted white grape and is the grape most used in the production of Brandy. It is capable of making fresh, bright and moderately interesting wines when yields are controlled and care is taken. Claudette is planted sparingly throughout southern France, notably in the Rhône Valley and Provence. It is typically used in blends where it adds acidity and aromatics.
La Londe is a tiny sub appellation of the Côtes de Provence, the core appellation of the Provence wine region in the far southeast of France. Similar to other areas of Provence, 75% of La wine is rosé, with the remainder being entirely red. White wines produced in the area are sold under the general Côtes de Provence title. Located on the Mediterranean coast just east of Toulon, the La vineyards are spread between the communes of Hayers and La Londe-les Mares itself, as well as some specific areas of Bormes-les-Mimosas and La Car. The best sites are situated on the southeast facing slopes of the southern Massif des Mares hills. Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine producing region of France.
In La Londe-les-Maures, on the coast between Toulon and St. Trapeze, in the Côtes de Provence wine region, Château Les Valentines extends over 50 hectares of schist where grapevines, pine forests and garrigue scrubland enjoy full southern exposure. Wines are made with estate-grown fruit from 40 to 110 year-old vines. The old, deep-rooted vines allow the plants to grow exceptional, concentrated fruit in ideal conditions balanced by the cool Mistral winds. La Londe AOC is considered the “Grand Cru” site for rosé wine in France.
Hand-harvested in the cool of the evening and early morning. The Ugni Blanc is pressed off the skins immediately, while the Clairette and Vermentino is added into the Ugni Blanc juice to macerate for 24 hours. The skins are removed and the wine ferments with selected yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tank. Aged in tank with some lees contact before bottling.