In a nutshell: A highly accomplished organic, fresh and crisp Provençal rosé.
The lowdown: The certified organic vineyards of Chateau de l'Eecarelle sit within 1000ha of forest at 500m above sea level, hugging the slopes of the Montagne de La Loube, and have been awarded France's highest environmental certificate, the Haute Valeur Environnementale. This commitment to sustainability and the environment comes through to produce healthy soils, healthy vines, good grapes and good wines! Hand harvested and then sorted twice before fermentation. A classically dry, subtle and elegant rosé with wild strawberry and citrus notes on the nose, leading onto a soft palate with a nice weight, good depth, and notes of mango and pomelo fruit. The finish is long and clean.
When to drink: A very well made, textbook Provençal rosé that is perfect as an aperitif, or try with grilled fish or vegetables.
Chateau de l'Escarelle is of one of the most prestigious wine estates in the heart of Provence, with 100 hectares of organically certified vineyards set in an area of beautiful woodland. It's owned and run by Yann Pineau whi, after a successful career in industry has turned his attentions to building the credentials of this estate. Recently they've made impressive steps to establish themselves as a major players in French sustainable agriculture. In 2016 they achieved Haute Valeur Environnementale certification, France's most stringent environmental certification scheme, demonstrating their deep-rooted commitment to protecting the natural world. Their vines are planted at up to 500 metres above sea level, hugging the slopes of the Montagne de La Loube and adapting to the estate's clay and limestone soil profile. The terroir's distinctive character is perfect for creating highly-expressive, elegant Rosé wines. Their organically grown and certified vineyards grow local varietals including: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Caladoc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rolle & Ugni Blanc and their vines benefit from being in a very biodiverse habitat, with minimal use of herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilisers. As well as the altitude the vines also benefit from the hot dry summers in the Mediterranean climate offset by the cooling effects of the Mistral wind.