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Aix Rosé
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16½/20

Aix Rosé 2016

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, Provence, South of France, FrancePale peach pink in hue, this blend of grenache, syrah, cinsault and carignan employs saignee and direct press in a 30/70 proportion, fermented cool to preserve aromatics and pure red berry fruit. This is from one of the largest domains in AOP Coteaux D'Aix en Provence, with Maison Saint Aix dating back 130 years. Its location on a plateau 420m high provides freshness in Provence's baking summer and fall heat. Still, this carries the region's warmth, with a pillow of raspberry jam supporting peppery spice, broken stones, scrubby herbs, cracked peppercorns. Though slight in body, this wine is intense with flavours, balanced with a potent stream of acidity and seasoned with peppery spice. This can take on bigger proteins like pork tenderloin or seared tuna with ease. Created using 30% of rosé bleeding and 70% direct pressing, the softest hint of Carignan was added to the classical Provence blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault to give the 2016 vintage an even more profound depth. Fermented between a cool 11 and 13 degrees Celsius, AIX Rosé is elegant, generous and tasty and the perfect wine to drink all day long. ''classical blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault''Tasted: 25 May 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 22.99 private wine stores Producer: Maison Saint AixDistributors: The Bacchus Group Inc.
Blend: Grenache - Syrah - Cinsault - CarignanCSPC: 150587