AIX Provance Rosé 2019
|Region||France, Provence, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence|
AIX Rosé is made in the Provence region of France, just an hour East from the historical city of Aix-en-Provence. AIX was founded in 1880 with the first vines planted in 1973. The vineyard consists of 185 acres of vineyard and is one of the largest domaines in the famous AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. These vineyards are non-irrigated and on a plateau at an elevation of 1,400 feet above sea level. The mistral winds keep the clusters dry and healthy. The soils vary from sandy, chalky soil to limestone and are highly acidic. AIX nurtures its heritage and has a passion and dedication to make the best Provence rosé. As part of this, all of their grapes are sustainably farmed.
AIX Rosé is produced in the typical Provencial style using the direct pressing method. To avoid oxidation, the grapes are cold-soaked and chilled to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The grape clusters are then destemmed before pressing and are macerated only at low temperatures for 5 to 6 hours. Fermentation is temperature-controlled in stainless steel tanks for 12 to 16 days at 57 degrees to keep the maximum fragility in the nose using monocepage fermentation. To get that beautiful pale pink color Provence Rosés are known for, AIX uses cold stabilization. They maintain the must in a closed tank for one week at around 35 degrees with the lees suspended with a neutral gas. The lees give a lot of aromas and a great body to the wine. The wine is then aged in a stainless steel tank for 2 to 3 weeks before bottling resulting in an AIX Rosé that is elegantly tasty and the perfect wine to drink all year long.
TASTING NOTE: A fragrant and well-balanced wine, AIX's hypnotizing salmon pink color reveals a fruity freshness. The nose is delightfully fragrant with delicate balance and crisp acidity. Enjoy the notes of soft, ripe summer fruits particularly watermelon and strawberries.
FOOD PAIRING: Salad, grilled fish, poultry, and Asian foods, especially sushi and curry dishes.
This soft, bright and ripe wine is full of red fruits. Acidity is balanced in this wine with a fresh aftertaste and tangy texture. It is rich, generous and ready to drink.
Bright orange-pink. Pungent red berry and blood orange aromas take on a floral nuance with air. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering sappy strawberry and tangerine flavors and a deeper suggestion of white peach. In a powerful yet lively style, finishing long and smooth, with a floral nuance sneaking in.
Imported in bulk and bottled in upstate New York (a process that is typically more enviro-friendly than shipping bottled wine), the 2019 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Aix Rose offers scents of crushed stone, grapefruit rind and melon on the nose. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine could use a bit more focus and energy, but it's silky and clean, perfectly fine for beachside quaffing.