Pale pink in the glass. This rosé displays aromas of pink grapefruit and citrus. The palate is medium-bodied and opens up with notes of white peaches, ripe berries and finishes with a slight bitterness, all balanced by a mineral acidity.
Grenache/Syrah wines have been made for many centuries. Both members of the blend prefer warm climates, such as those found in southern France. To this blend, Grenache contributes its classic bright, stewed-strawberry and raspberry flavors, juicy palate and high potential alcohol. Syrah, the “darker” variety of the pair, provides structure and spice, with notes of blueberry, licorice and the occasional gamey note.
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. The fruit used for ‘Miss Valentine’ is sourced from vineyards throughout the Côtes Méditerranée IGP and from 50 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.
Cold pressed, controlled fermentation at 18°C. Filtered before bottling.