Le Caprice de Clementine 2020
Les Valentines
Region: Côtes de Provence

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Tasting Notes

Cranberry, rhubarb and strawberry on the nose, with the cranberry and strawberry replaying in the mouth, along with some pink grapefruit notes. Vibrant acidity and some of that unique Mediterranean sea salt tanginess on the finish. Fresh and lively, chill lightly and enjoy with grilled shrimp skewers or pan fried calamari.

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. Cinsault, 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 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. Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine producing region of France. Similar to other areas of Provence, 75% of La Londe 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 Londe vineyards are spread between the communes of Hayers and La Londe-les-Maures 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 Maures hills.

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 Londe AOC is considered the “Grand Cru” site for rosé wine in France.

Hand-harvested in the early morning to avoid the heat of the day. Direct pressed off the skins, with only the briefest of contact, similar to most white wines. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats in order to preserve primary fruit and freshness. Racked off the lees and left to age in tank for a year before bottling.

Wine Type: Rosé

Variety: 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault

Classification: AÔC

Orientation: Southern exposure

Appellation: Côtes de Provençe

Gradient: 200-600 masl

Soil: Schist

Farming Practices: Certified Organic

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: No

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable, Certified Organic