One of Provence's most highly regarded estates
Domaine d'Eole was founded in 1992 and purchased in 1996 by French financier Christian Raymont. German viticulturalist Matthias Wimmer was employed the same year and is retained to this day. Situated in Eygalières at the base of the dramatic Alpilles mountain range, the combination of high sunlight hours, well drained limestone soils and mistral wind is an ideal combination for the practice of organic viticulture, with the estate certified since 1996.
The house style is of complexity beyond regional norms, the minimal intervention wines detailed and energetic. Domaine d'Eole is an excellent representative of the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation, with these wines often weightier and more acid driven due to the continental climate influences.
DOMAINE D'eOLE COTEAUX D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE ROSÉ 2017
55% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Counoise and 5% Carignan
Raised in stainless steel and bottled after 5 months on fine lees, this gorgeous rosé is textural and multi-layered, due in no small part to the inclusion of six varieties in the final blend. Further complexity is derived from a considered picking regime, with some parcels picked early for acidity and freshness, and others at full ripeness for weight and depth.
A floral and melon scented nose opens to a long and detailed palate of red fruit, rockmelon, fleshy peach, and tangerine and a brush of wild strawberry. As an oversimplification, this is utterly vinous - a long and robust finish with some sappiness. Its flavours and textures work amazingly with wood grill cooking, certainly a rosé for steak.