With the Victoria Day long weekend just around the corner, you’ll need two things:
Sunglasses (see my post Sensational Sunglasses)
and chilled Provençal Rosé.
Here is a charmer: Famille Sumeire Chateau Coussin Sainte-Victoire Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
The Sumeire family has lived in Trets, next to Mont Sainte Victoire, since the thirteenth century, and currently own three châteaux in Provence. This is one of the few wines that bear one of the four, relatively new, official terroir denominations. Unlike most of Provence, Sainte-Victoire is sheltered by the mountains, and the protection from the sea makes this more continental climate than Mediterranean.
That structure is felt in the wines of Sainte-Victorire, one of the few places in Provence to have some limestone soils. Fine bones frame this lean, straight and structured blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah, all averaging 30 years of age. Sour cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, pink grapefruit sit atop a flow of spiced red currant underneath. Graceful light pink in the glass, this is bone dry and lingers with stones.
~ 91 Points Treve Ring, Top 10: Provence Rosé, Gismondi On Wine
The palest glint of pink in the glass, it’s refreshing with a lovely finish.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
Fragrant, understated whisper of red fruits, sprinkled with Provencal herbs; honeyed ripeness and lively, balanced acidity with a pleasing, subtle, bitter thrust on the finish.
~ Famille Sumeire Vignerons en Provence
Famille Sumiere: Website
UPDATE: NEWS FROM THE WINERY
I received a lovely note from Sophie Sumeire Denante in response to this post.
She announced that Château Coussin rosé 2017 was awarded the Provence rosé trophy from IWC (International Wine Challenge). It scored an amazing 95 POINTS and was the only Provence rosé trophy. Congratulations!!