Côtes de Provence rosé 2013: panel tasting results
Le Grand Cros, L’Esprit de Provence
Decanter average score: 18.5/20pts (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Jo Ahearne MW 18.5 Simon Field MW 18.5 Elizabeth Gabay MW 18.5
Bought by the Faulkners in 1989, Bordeaux-trained Julian Faulkner started making wine at the family estate in 2000. Despite a relatively sheltered location 60km inland, protected by the foothills of the Massif des Maures, a bitter finish – common in 2013 – was evident during winemaking in some tanks, forcing extra-vigorous selection at the blending stage, and resulting in lower volume. Grenache was least affected and this is reflected in the high (75%) proportion in the blend, with the remaining 25% being Syrah. L’Esprit is Faulkner’s top-of-the-range rosé.
Jo Ahearne MW Pretty pale pink with orange hues. Good concentration and a lovely texture. Delicate cherry fruit. Great balance. Manages to walk the fine line between a fruit-forward style and the more savoury characters.
Simon Field MW Elegant damask rose colour; savoury fine orchard fruit nose with hints of agrume and forest floor. The palate does not lack for charm; red fruit and hints of mandarin evidenced, fennel and laurel behind that with a finely etched finish with balletic poise and a real sense of worth.
Elizabeth Gabay MW Very pale pink. Fresh strawberry fruit aromas and a creamy texture and good acidity on the palate. Nice charm and attractive.
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