Situated in one of the most beautiful places on earth, just a few miles from St. Tropez on the French Mediterranean, Château Les Valentines is located inside the Côtes de Provence La Londe AOC, considered the “Grand Cru” site for rosé wine in France. Close proximity to the ocean mitigates the hot summer days, as does the Mistral wind that comes howling down from the Rhône to empty out into the ocean. This allows the grapes to retain their acidity while still ripening the Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah that form the backbone of Les Valentines’ gutsy reds and beautifully-structured rosés. The winery also produces fresh whites from Ugni Blanc, Clairette and aromatic Vermentino. There are few regions that take their rosé wines as seriously as Provence does. These are from low-yielding vineyards earmarked specifically for optimal rosé wine, not simply bled off vats of red wine. The quintessential summer sipper, but with more than enough weight and character to be enjoyed all year round. Château Les Valentines has vineyards that have been growing grapes for over a century. They sold their harvest to a local cooperative before finally opening their own winery in 1997. Since then, their wines have accrued international recognition and are served in some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world. These extremely small-batch wines come with tremendous pedigree, but are incredibly affordable as well! Gorgeously-styled bottles make a stunning presentation, but the wine inside more than delivers.
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 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 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 2008, the French Administration in charge of wines (O.N.O..) acknowledged the unique and outstanding quality of this terroir and gave to the growing area the special appellation “Côtes de Provence La Londe”. A limited number of parcels were granted the ability to produce what is now called “Grand Cru rosé wines”. ‘Le Grand Hit’ is made from the oldest vines on the estate (60 years), organically grown and manually harvested.
Cineast and Mourvèdre are two dark-skinned grape varieties used in the production of red and rosé wines in southern France, most notably the southern Rhône, Languedoc and Provence. The blend tends to favor Mourvèdre in higher proportions due to its dark fruit and spice flavors, with Cineast augmenting the aroma profile with its floral notes of roses and perfume. Wines made from Mourvèdre and Cineast often display gamey and leathery aromatics in their youth, which become more subdued and integrated with age.
Cold skin maceration. Fermentation controlled at 18°C. Filtered and aged 8 months in bottle.
Soft, pale salmon in the glass, this wine is deceiving with its delicate colour. The palate is rich, round and layered. Notes of anise, fennel, salty minerality and yeast lead to a long intense finish.