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Miss Valentine 2018
Les Valentines
Region: Côtes de Provence
Country:France
Awards

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Tasting Notes

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.
Varieties

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.
Region

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 Hyères and La Londe-les Maures itself, as well as some specific areas of Bormes-les-Mimosas and La Crau. The best sites are situated on the southeast facing slopes of the southern Massif des Maures hills. Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine producing region of France.
Vineyard

In La Londe-les-Maures, on the coast between Toulon and St Tropez, 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 Méditerrané 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.
Winemaking

Cold pressed, controlled fermentation at 18°C. Filtered before bottling.

Wine Type: Rosé

Variety: 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah

Classification: IGP Mediterrannée

Orientation: South/South-Eastern exposure

Appellation: Côtes de Provençe

Gradient: 200-600 masl

Soil: Schist

Farming Practices: Sustainable

Vinification: Cold pressed, controlled fermentation at 18°C. Filtered before bottling

Residual Sugar: n/a

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: n/a

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable, Certified Organic