About This Wine
With a healthy 2018 harvest under the belt, Verget's 2018 Rosé de la Terre comes entirely from Jean-Marie Guffens' home Estate in the south--Château des Tourettes. Guffens' vines lie just outside the beautiful Roman town of Apt, between the Vaucluse and Luberon mountains, on high-altitude soils rich in limestone. The '18 is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were directly pressed with a little maceration time, and the wine was then fermented and aged in Guffens' horizontal stainless steel fermenters, on lees, for eight months. Guffens in no fan of the more delicate Côtes de Provence style that proliferates (no surprise!), so you can expect something more intense here: a racy, juicy and mineral 'Provençal-on-steroids' Rosé with ripe red berry, fresh herb and iodine notes; delicious pulpy, almost chewy texture; and a long, powdery close. A serious Rosé and a serious bargain!
Wines from Provence
In the South East of France, Provence can be considered the rosé capital of the world. Rosé from here is dry, refreshing, savoury and pale pink with a slight orange tint. The style is very different to those generally made in Australia.
The largest appellation here is Côtes de Provence, which accounts for nearly 75% of the total production of the Provence region and with rosé production making up 80% of that. The main grape varieties used include Carignan, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tibouren with an increase in the adoption of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in recent times.
The most prestigious appellation is Bandol. The vines in Bandol are planted on silicon and limestone soils which together with the warm, coastal climate is very suitable for the late ripening of the Mourvèdre grape. Wines coming out of Bandol must contain more than 50% Mourvèdre in the blend whether they are roses or reds. Reds from Bandol are just as noteworthy as their rosé counterparts. These wines are known to be powerful, spicy, structured, and age-worthy with critics such as Tom Stevenson considering these full flavoured reds to be some of the region’s best wines.
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