A “legendary” rosé from Les Vignerons de Gonfaron
To celebrate its 100th anniversary this year, Les Vignerons de Gonfaron winery reported 100 hectares of grapevines classified as Notre-Dame des Anges, out of the 550 total hectares cultivated by cooperative’s 130+ members.
It’s a commitment made by wine-makers
Eric Pastorino, President of the winery, is delighted by the terroir’s DGC designation. “In addition to characterizing us, this DGC also makes us stand out from the rest and reveals our remarkable, recognizable typicity.” Sophie Bettencourt, a member of the cooperative winery, adds that “it’s also a way to respond to the expectations of consumers who are increasingly curious about what we do and who pay a lot of attention to innovation and originality. In addition, as farmers and wine-makers, we sculpt the landscapes in our regions through our work and our passion. Talking about our wines is another way to communicate that!”.
The first vintage of a Notre-Dame des Anges rosé has already earned multiple medals, including a gold medal at the General Agricultural Competition in Paris. A wine intentionally positioned at the top of the range, embodying the DGC. The label of the Côtes de Provence Notre-Dame des Anges Rosé de Légende includes an illustration referencing the legend of Gonfaron’s famous flying donkey, as a means of marking its (economic) take-off.
Grown on the best blocks in the vast Notre-Dame des Anges region, with 1,200 hectolitres of wine produced, it primarily uses Grenache Noir (54%), Cinsault (34%) and a little bit of Syrah/Mourvèdre/Rolle (12%). A portion of it (20%) is vinified in oak barrels to “differentiate it from other rosés and add a touch of complexity, bearing in mind that the wood remains subtle in the finished product”, explains the winery’s oenologist, Séverine Duha. She also offers her expert assessment of its “aromas of pineapple, pear and toast, with a pleasant body and a slightly lemony finish that lingers on with a dash of acidity”.
“We are very attached to our shared foundation built on the Côtes de Provence AOC, but the DGC resonates with us, as the reward for our collective desire to improve how we share our extraordinary terroir”, Sophie declares.
Aromatic power and a full body are undeniably the key strengths of this fine wine. The nose is intense, with aromas of pineapple and pear, plus a few notes of vanilla. On the palate, it is expansive and fruity, with a tart, mouth-watering lemony finish.