DOMAINE LES FOUQUES CUVÉE TRADITION ROSÉ 2016

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DOMAINE LES FOUQUES CUVÉE TRADITION ROSÉ 2016

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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

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Domaine les Fouques

A rare Provençal biodynamic estate

Biodynamic viticulture is of surprising rarity in the Provence region given the ideal sunny and windy conditions; one outstanding practitioner is the tiny property of Domaine les Fouques, run by Yves Gros, with the wine made by daughter Christelle. Guinea fowl and chickens are also farmed here.  At a mere 17 hectares and in a stunning setting, a visit here offers a somewhat mystical quality. 

We are delighted to be now importing all three rosé cuvées from Fouques.  These are terroir wines, make no mistake.  There are consistencies of quality and style (the peach, melon and slate as the site’s signature) with vintage as the variable.  Taste (or drink!) the set together and see concentration and complexity ramp up.  Wines transparent of vintage and place – sound like great Burgundy, Barolo or Mosel?  This serious and magnificent producer challenges many perceptions and norms of rosé.