Tasting Panel 93
This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and other varieties has all the bells and whistles of a benchmark Provenal ros: Its bright, sassy, and spicy, with high-toned notes of watermelon, raspberry, and wet stone.
“Spice-accented red berry and floral aromas take on subtle orange and pit fruit notes as the wine opens up. Velvety and broad on the palate, offering bitter cherry, red currant and nectarine flavors and a firming suggestion of orange pith. Shows fine finishing clarity and persistence and leaves an echoing red fruit note behind." - Josh Raynolds
Exhibits fruity and floral notes, good structure inthe mouth who permits nice combination with food. Freshness and good acidity for this dry rose. The grape varieties used are those traditional to Provence and balanced to give the best possible results with ages of 30 to 50 years Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Mourvdre for red Ctes de Provence varieties and Clairette and Rolle for white and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah vines for Vin de Pays. The vines are left to trail on the ground in the traditional "gobelet" fashion, other than the Syrah and young vines which are trained on wires.
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Domaine Houchart is today owned by Geneviève, the wife of Jérôme Quiot, having been originally acquired by her great-grandfather. During the period of the 1850's, Aurelien Houchart was an energetic proprietor and negociant in wine, and created one of the largest domaines in Provence. Amongst the friends of Aurelien Houchart was the famous painter Cezanne, who frequently came to visit. They both remembered their time at school together.
Subsequently his domaine was divided between the five children, with Hilaire Houchart, Geneviève Quiot's grandfather inheriting 123 acres of vines , the cellars and other agricultural buildings. In 2002 Jérôme Quiot bought the Domaine de Verlaque. This 74 acres Domaine was owned by the Houchart family from 1898 till 1941.
Because of the size of the domaine, 197 acres, it is possible to take full advantages of a wide variety of soil types, with predominantly sandy, chalky soil and deeper beds of clay and silt. This allows adequate drainage of rainfall and ensures the vines are able to produce the best possible quality.