Pale salmon with mauve hues. The nose displays notes of citrus and ripe berries. The palate flows through the aromatics with a rich and spicy mouthfeel balance by a saline minerality.
Cinsault – Grenache blends are made up of two important grape varieties from southern France and are vinified as either red or rosé wines. Grenache is herbaceous and spicy, with plenty of berry fruit flavours, in particular raspberry. It has ample tannins and, usually, reasonably high alcohol, particularly as it is often grown in hot environments. Cineast, on the other hand, lacks structure, colour and tannin, and is usually employed to give an aromatic lift to the wine. These blends are permitted in a wide range of appellations in southern France, from Châteauneuf-du-Pape to the simple IGP wines of the area. Perhaps the blend’s most important expression is in the fresh, fruit-driven rosé wines of the Côtes de Provence appellation in southeastern France.
La Loaned 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 Loaned 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 Loaned 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 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 Loaned AOC is considered the “Grand Cru” site for rosé wine in France.
Direct pressure and controlled temperature during alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks around 18°C. Filtration before bottling.