Provence, France

Château la Tour de l'Évêque

Vendanges Manuelles Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Blend 2014

Dark ruby garnet in the glass. Abundant nose of dark leather and dark fruit. Echoed on the medium-bodied palate with white flowers(!) and red currant. Medium acidity and fine, medium plus tannins wrap it all up. A wonderful Provençal expression of the classic Syrah-Cabernet (Sauvignon) blend. That will compliment a wide range of “red wine” foods. It’s just as interesting and complex as Regine Sumiere’s iconic Provence rosè, only taken to red level. Enjoy with medium to hard cheeses, beef, game, root veggies, or even darker fruit with balsamic. Drink now through 2024. — 6 days ago

Keith, Dawn and 3 others liked this

Clos Ste. Magdeleine

Bel-Arme Cassis Blanc Marsanne 2017

Bright like that sun and sea breeze in Cassis, but has real weight to it, too. Would be €9 over there but it’ll run you $37 at Houston Wine Merchant. Fair price, perhaps, for a very hard to find appellation. I want to say that there’s a real sense of place to this wine, but maybe only because I have been to the place. In any event it has transported me back to the shores of the Mediterranean, and maybe it will do the same for you, too. — 4 days ago

Sam and Brendan liked this

Domaine Hauvette

Cuvée Dolia Vin de Pays des Alpilles White Blend 2008

found a $31 bottle of 11 year old hauvette blanc so took a flier on it. drinking wonderfully! very provence flavor profile, sage, fennel, lemon rind, floral. really fun and unique bottle. happy i found this one. — 4 days ago

Pooneet and Ron liked this

Château la Tour de l'Évêque

Vendanges Manuelles Rosé 2016

Pale salmon in color. Nose of minerally melon, echoed on the palate which also yields white flowers and marzipan. Body is light. Acidity is medium minus (as appropriate for the appellation). Finish is surprisingly long. As I’ve read, the 2018 vintage is a bit weaker than its immediate predecessors and that shows here. Not as much depth as last year, but Madame Sumiere still managed to pull off a very nice and typical rosè. As well she should, having invented the style and all. Salade Niçoise is of course a natural pair, but feel free to take this one into the fall. Drink now. — 19 days ago

Keith, Dawn and 3 others liked this

Domaine Tempier

Cuvée Spéciale Bandol Mourvedre Blend 2010

Soft and supple. Lovely rounded red and dark fruit with a bit of spice and sage. Very good now. Long and delicious. From mag — 13 days ago

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Shay, Ira and 4 others liked this

Domaine du Gros' Noré

Bandol Mourvedre Blend 2013

Wine 2 of the Daube Provençal dinner. So much character. So minerally and iodine on the nose, dark blackberry extract fruit too. Rich and clingy in the mouth but with nice acidity and the tannins there but not obtrusive. Nice! — 17 days ago

Sharon, Shawn and 9 others liked this

J.L. Quinson (Jean-Louis Quinson)

Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2018

Honestly loved this Rosé. From the other reviews, it sounds like people have mixed feelings, which I can understand. But to me, most Rosés are too sweet, and this one is incredibly smooth and light and refreshing. Slight acidity, very little body, but in a good way. Very easily drinkable. Not a ton of flavor but honestly I loved it. — 8 days ago

Pierre de Taille

Provence Rosé Blend 2017

If it’s 80 in LA - we do Rosé! This has a little spice to it so it was great with a triple cream cheese on a warm night! — 5 days ago

Domaine des Diables

Bonbon Sainte-Victoire Rosé Blend

John Howard

Firing on all cylinders. Undeniable balance and nose. — 6 days ago

Hermes, Eric and 8 others liked this

Château Miraval

Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2018

Definitely my favorite Rose, but the price in Israel is about double, making it too expensive for an afternoon break. — 12 days ago