Cinsault and Grenache make another appearance on our list. We know this will be a consistent paring and it should be. Like a classic Bordeaux blend, these two grapes are making their mark, especially since rosé from Provence is here to stay! The market is flooded with tons of examples, but we happen to think that Château Les Valentines should be in the Top 20! Another certified organic banger that is super versatile. Works as an aperitif, digestif, mid-course palate cleanser or as a classic companion for shellfish, eggplant, and even Caesar salad.
Between Nice and Marseilles, and only a few miles from sunny St. Tropez, this century-old winery Château Les Valentines exemplifies the unique terroir of A.O.C. Cotes de Provence. The grape varieties used include those traditional to the area, such as, Cinsaut (for its lightness, elegance and fruity aromas of berry and citrus) and Grenache (for its warm and inviting fineness).
- Blend: 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault
- Farming Practices: Certified Organic
- Harvesting Method: Manual
- Soils: Shale
- Fermentation: Skin cold maceration in stainless steel tanks, controlled temperature during alcoholic fermentation around 18°C
- Yeast: Native