Cotes de Provence, France, Rose wines

Domain Houchart Rose 2010

Produced: Domain Houchart, Geneviève Quiot
Grape: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre
Region: Côtes de Provence, St Victoire, France

This 200 acre estate, owned by the Quiot family from Châteauneuf du Pape, is spread at the foot of Mont Sainte Victoire near Aix-en-Provence. To be precise, Jerome Quiot married Geneviève, whose great-grandfather originally acquired this property back in 1748.

Geneviève has just completely renewed their winemaking facilities over the past 3 years.

On its label the winery noted that in order to preserve freshness and fruit, they used CO2 gas to exclude oxygen during the harvest.

Rose wines are gaining its momentum in United States, slowly but surely. If you have a friend who is still resistant to try “that pink wine”, this could be an excellent example to convince them.

Tasting notes
Lovely pink color and aroma of fresh strawberries, raspberries and citrus fruits. On the palate this is a perfectly balanced dry wine, with a lot of acidity that is so refreshing during the hot summer days.

Crisp, with hints of sweet red fruit, lime and grapefruit.I loved sipping it on its own, but it also paired well with our light summer salad with smoked mussels. I would definitely recommend this wine as a great value! I’ll have to go back and buy some more before the summer is over!

Dry – Off dry – Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: $ 12.99
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