NEW! Domaine des Mapliers 'Abacus' Rosé, Cotes de Provence, France 2018

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NEW! Domaine des Mapliers 'Abacus' Rosé, Cotes de Provence, France 2018

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Decanter Magazine’s Top Côtes de Provence Rosé - 95 points and rated ‘Outstanding’!

With one judge giving it a whopping 97 points and an average score of 95 points, this has just topped Decanter Magazine’s panel tasting of over 90 different Côtes de Provence rosés, knocking a few well-known names off their perch, including Chateau Minuty and Chateau Léoube.

It’s our uber-chic rosé for the summer, the one that we would take to a French riviera pool party, which is where we intend spending the summer. Sadly, it’s not where we will be spending the summer, so we’ll probably just take it along to the Tooting Bec Lido.

Domaine des Mapliers a wonderful spot to visit, lying just outside the small town of Lorgues in the Var region of Provence and sits at about 1,000 feet above sea level, so it’s cooler than many other parts of the appellation. Up until recently, Domaine Ott sourced grapes for one of their top cuvées, the Chateau de Selle ‘Rosé Coeur de Grain’, from here, but when the vineyard owner retired in 2013 and the land went up for sale, Jean and Nathalie Gallo (no relation to the US family) saw their chance to fulfil a dream and snapped up the land. It’s clearly a labour of love for the young couple, which will take many years to complete, because they don’t have the capital to build everything at once, and when we visited, they had started work on a new cellar and were planting new vines at the top of the slope.

The wine itself is effortlessly silky and graceful, showing pink pear, rainier cherry and nectarine on the nose with a little white pepper too, presumably from the Cinsault component. It’s made from hand-picked, organically-farmed Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon (it takes 4 years to obtain organic certification, so they’ll officially be organic in 2020). 13.5% alc. Drink now-2022.

Decanter Magazine August 2019: “Outstanding” - The Top Côtes de Provence Rosé of 90 tasted blind.

Decanter Magazine (Nicolas Clerc, Master Sommelier): “Earthy, mineral, Mediterranean, fennel, star anise character, marzipan, green olive. Warming alcohol on the palate to start but a generous and solid style, very gastronomic!” 97 points

Decanter Magazine (Elizabeth Gabay, Master of Wine): “Perfumed, floral, apples - almost bruised apples. Salty, saline acidity. There’s a nice counterbalance of ripe fruit and saltiness..” 95 points

Decanter Magazine (Joanna Simon): “A very, very pale salmon colour. Delicate sweet-peach and burnished cream aromas. Textured, quite rich, peachy but fresh palate with sweet garrigue notes and a long finish. Drink now-2020.” 93 points

Customer Comments:

“The wine is fantastic.” - Mr S.T.

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Farming: organic