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Chanel's Brilliant New Provençal Rosé

The history of winemaking on the beautiful island of Porquerolles goes back to Roman times. In 1910 this small island (7km by 3km), just off the coast of Provence, was purchased by Francois-Joseph Fournier who planted vineyards between the forests. In 1963 the whole island and its surrounding coast was declared a National Park and more recently the vineyards have been certified organic. The population here is just 200 people. In 2019 Monsieur Fournier’s grandson, Sebastien Le Ber, at 75 years of age, decided that it was time to sell the Domaine de l’Ile and he entrusted it to Chanel whose brilliant technical director Nicolas Audebert (the man responsible for the stunning wines produced at Rauzan Ségla and Canon in Bordeaux) was born and brought up in the region, close to the port of Hyeres where his father was a naval officer.

Needless to say that when Chanel make an investment, only the best is good enough and a new Estate Manager – Pierre Etcheberry – has been brought in from Château Lafleur in Pomerol. The first vintage under full control of the Chanel viticulturalists and winemakers was 2020 and Farr Vintners is delighted to have secured an allocation of what we believe is one of the best Provençal Rosés that we have ever tasted. Forget your preconceptions about celebrity gimmicks or mass-produced brands – this is a hand-harvested, Domaine bottled, AC Côtes de Provence Rosé of the highest quality made by an exceptional technical team.

The 22 hectares of vineyard have a schist bedrock and in 2020 the wine was made from a classic blend of traditional Provençal grape varieties - 32% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 12% Mourvedre and 5% Tibouren. Total production 9000 is cases. The maritime influences and cooling breezes helped to keep the grapes from over-ripening despite the island’s bright sunny days. To further preserve the freshness and acidity (and to keep the alcohol down to a modest 12.5 degrees) the grapes were hand-harvested in the cool early mornings (picking starting at 4am) at the end of August. The wine sees no oak barrels or malolactic fermentation and was bottled at the Estate in February 2021. The wine-making philosophy here is focussed on producing a vibrant, delicate and lively rosé with freshness and tension.

This outstanding rosé is available in limited quantities at £175 per dozen bottles with a small amount of magnums available at £185 per 6. All prices are in bond and exclude duty, delivery and VAT.

Minimum Order - 1 case

This wine is in stock and immediately available for delivery.

2020 Porquerolles, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Domaine de L'Ile

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Southern France2020Porquerolles, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Domaine de l'Ile PorquerollesBT1000175.001293+ FV120019.44444493.1093.10Porquerolles, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Domaine de L'Ile0.75
Southern France2020Porquerolles, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Domaine de l'Ile PorquerollesMG400185.00693+ FV24020.55555533333393.1093.10Porquerolles, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Domaine de L'Ile1.5
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

32% Grenache, 31% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 12% Mourvedre and 5% Tibouren. Total production 9000 cases. A bright and pale salmon colour in the glass. Fresh and subtle on the nose with white strawberry and lightly earthy, savoury complexity. The palate is dry and zesty, with zippy acidity lifting a plump, juicy core of red fruit and a little peach. This vibrant, moreish rosé packs a great punch of flavour and subtle savoury undertones. Ideal on its own or with food, it is drinking beautifully now and over the next 12 months.

93+ points, Farr Vintners