Le Grand Huit 2017
Les Valentines
Region: Côtes de Provence

93-Decanter; 93-Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Notes

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.

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.

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.

Cold skin maceration. Fermentation controlled at 18°C. Filtered and aged 8 months in bottle.

Wine Type: Rosé

Variety: Mourvèdre, Cinsault

Classification: AÔC

Orientation: Southern exposure

Appellation: Côtes de Provençe La Londe

Gradient: 200-600 masl

Soil: Schist

Farming Practices: Certified Organic

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: Partial

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable, Certified Organic