Côtes de Provence: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé 2021
Bright salmon-pink rosé wine, with characteristic aromas of red berry fruit underscored by saline minerality, a touch of stone fruit, good acidity and a smooth finish. A touch of tannin balances the acidity making it a perfect match for Provençale dishes like pissaladière or pistou. It also complements fish or artichoke dishes very well.
The Sack-Zafiropoulo family's Côtes-de-Provence rosé comes from a precious parcel of coastal vines at La Ciotat, between Cassis and Bandol. Made from a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah, this wine has the signature Clos Sainte Magdeleine elegance and finesse with wild strawberry aromas and a zesty summer-berry palate.
|Style||Rose Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Provence, Cassis|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 1 to 2 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||The fruit is subject to a gentle pressing and gravity-transferred to stainless steel tanks for a temperature controlled cool fermentation to preserve the aromatic fruit flavours and aromas. Lightly filtered.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Clos Sainte Magdeleine (François Sack)
A stunning fishing port on the Mediterranean, Cassis is home to 14 producers who cultivate 180 hectares of vines in an appellation which is gradually shrinking due to real estate encroachment. Clos Sainte Magdeleine has belonged to the family of Madame Sack (née Zafiropulo) since 1922 and the headquarters of this 20 hectare estate is an impressive art-deco mansion lying just below the Cap Canaille (France's tallest coastal cliff). François Sack and his son Jonathan (who is now President of AOC Cassis) are the first to admit their good fortune but still retain a sense of perspective, often being seen carrying out local deliveries by scooter which is the only way to access the crowded quayside in the summer season.
The vast majority of Cassis' production is consumed locally and out-of-doors but it would erroneous to assume that the wines of Cassis are simply for quaffing on holiday. The main emphasis here is on dry white wine of which Clos Sainte Magdeleine's is amongst the very best. This small, prestigious family-run estate also produces a fine and elegant rosé.
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