Provence rosé: pale and exotic

25 July, 2008

A French winery owned by an Australian former investment banker and his French wife has released a

Provence rosé.

Château Pontet-Bagatelle in Coteaux d'Aix en Provence has launched La Rosée de Bagatelle - which means "the dew of Bagatelle"

via online retailer fromvineyardsdirect.com.

Garry and Sabine Stephen bought the estate in 2006, invested in state-of-the-art vinification technology and hired oenologist Bernadette Tourrel to make the Grenache/Syrah blend under the Coteaux d'Aix en Provence AOC.

It is very pale pink and has redcurrant, peach and exotic fruit flavours, according to its makers. It retails at £7.95 and has 14% abv.




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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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