Pure Provence in style, this is a great all-occasions wine, and a first rate introduction to French rosé. Made and priced to over-deliver. From a riper vintage, this release is a little more fruit forward than usual, and that's no bad thing. Full in the mouth and with an extra layer of juicy zestiness, classic strawberries and cream with a drop of mandarin juice, and a bittering, complexing finish, akin to the closing bite of a good gin and tonic. An easy wine to love and everything it should be - refreshing, straightforward, delicious and highly moreish!
Bright fruited, mid weight, full flavoured – a delicious little number combining the personality of the Old and New Worlds. An earthy edge, bright blue and black berries at its core, carried over a lovely line of tannin cushioned with Cabernet leafiness. Grown in a single vineyard in the Narbonne region, there's enough fruit and ripeness to call this a fun wine, with enough detail and complexity to take it seriously.
40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 20% Syrah. Screwcap.
Modern in packaging and clean in style, this is the estate's excellent entry wine. It's crisp with red currant and strawberry fruit, a gentle saline tang, easy to drink as ever, and builds complexity once in the mouth. A little oiliness is present, with some herbal/bell pepper notes adding further interest. Certainly refreshing, though fans out on the palate with a surprisingly detailed finish of brine, great complexity for its level.
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80% Grenache, 20% Cinsault.
This rosé displays a wonderfully full fruited and fleshy appeal, showing more density and textural layering than many other Provence counterparts. The low intervention winemaking throws elements of funk and texture, adding to the profile of peach, melon and wild strawberries. An energetic wine, as Yves and I concurred.
"Exotic perfume of rose petal, sour cherry, rose hip tea, savouriness. The palate is vibrant, floods the senses with flesh of strawberry and tang of rose water. The wine feels electric in acidity and lively minerally feel. It’s got a funkiness, a slippery textural element, great extension of flavour too. Very good here." 92 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront
49% Grenache, 32% Cinsault, 11% Syrah, 8% Rolle (Vermentino).
Labelling AOP La Londe requires a lower juice yield per hectare*. Correspondingly, Fouques’ top Rosé cuvée is an expression of greater volume, concentration and complexity. More pronounced ripeness and phenolics with a bigger spectrum of melon, pomegranate and Jonathan apple fruit relative to the Cuvée Tradition Rosé, ultimately characterized by stonier mineral underpinnings and significantly greater length.
"Beautiful perfume of red cherry, red apple, sweet spice, cranberry and pomegranate fruit sweetness. Slick textured, medium weight, lively with tonic water-and-granite like mineral vein and fine, clean, tingly finish of red berry fruits and barely there tannin. It’s a cracking wine, deep in flavour and personality. Fancy rose." 93 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront
Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet
A classic Provençal red of dark fruit and saltbush. Leads with a lovely perfume of florals and rosemary herb, around a palate of dark fruits, garrigue, and salty/sweet fruity play. Tannins are grainy and ripe. As Provence reds should be, a generous style which is still easy to drink in the daytime, perfect for grazing plates and chacuterie.
56% Grenache, 26% Syrah, 18% Cinsault.
Our first ever shipment of this cuvée, which ramps up the volume and themes of the Cuvée Tradition. From later harvested fruit, this is a denser and fleshier style, with a much more serious feel than the Tradition. Where 2015's edition was a rounder, glossier style, this has an amazing mineral presence, with a serious slate crunch running through; fruit themes remain along the same lines with melon, peach, apricot and small red berries. A foodie style which would cut beautifully through richer poultry dishes such as duck.
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
Magical rosé, emblematic of the Sainte Victoire appellation. There's a delicacy typical to these wines, an almost umami quality running under the palate, around humming acidity and a slatey mineral feel. There's also a tropical fruit character at play, think guava skins, alongside watermelon, gooseberries, white pepper and grapefruit. Distinctive, long, elegant and wonderfully complex.
80% Vermentino aka Rolle, 10% Clairette, 10% Semillon.
There's no Sainte Victoire appellation permitted for whites, hence the labelling of Provence. This comes from a plot grown at 450 metres, a trio of blocks which face north and deliver fruit of a pronounced saline character. This pulpy white shows lemon peel, white flowers and fennel, maintaining a lovely tension and finishing long and briny. An excellent seafood wine, and certainly perkier and more complex than many Provence whites.
SOLD OUT - 2017 VINTAGE DUE AUGUST 2018
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright as a button, a contemporary, clean and fresh style, atypical to the many rustic, saline and garrigue driven reds of the region. We're reticent to use the word 'modern' as this often implies 'oak monster', but it certainly has an up to the minute feel in the 'freshness and drinkability' school. The Grenache component is actually unoaked due to the natural fruit tannins, with the Syrah and Cabernet receiving 12 months in new 500L casks. Dense of fruit, with blackberries, black currants and cherries folded through the palate, it's a fine style with great length underpinned by velvety tannins. With many Provence growers seeking recognition for their reds in a sea of rosé, this is a style which could well capture the imagination.
SOLD OUT - 2016 VINTAGE DUE AUGUST 2018
Who is Felixir?
Felixir is a Melbourne based wine importer, wholesaler and agent. Drawing on 15 years in fine wine retail, founder Felix Riley was convinced of the increasing popularity of dry rosé and established Felixir in 2013 to focus on finding great examples of the style.
Selections are rounded out with interesting, personality driven reds and whites from Southern France and beyond, supported by a clutch of high quality small Australian and New Zealand producers. A common factor is delicious wines from slight left field, representing excellent value whatever their price point, reflecting the places and personalities behind them.