In a nutshell: A superb dry, fresh and elegant Provençal rosé from a top estate.
The lowdown: Chateau La Mascaronne set in beautiful Provençal rolling countryside has been working sustainably for over 20 years and is now fully certified organic. Biodiversity is at the core of the estate with olive trees running along the vineyard edges and old oak forests surrounding the estate. Good terroir and vineyards lead to good grapes which in turn lead to good wine, which is certainly what we have here. Classically pale in colour with floral, white stone and red fruit aromas rising from the glass. Dry, soft and fresh on the palate with great balance and a crisp finish.
When to drink: Of course perfect as an aperitif or with a light, cold lunch but also try with grilled tuna, crab, or goat's cheese.
Château La Mascaronne is one of the leading Provençal wine states and sits near the medieval village of Luc-en-Provence in the rolling hills of the Var area where it rubs shoulders with a number of other well known domaines. They boast 60 hectares of vines and have been certified organic since 2016. While their rosé is the flagshiip wine they also produce exemplary whites and reds as well.
The popularity of Provençal rosé in recent years and the attention they've gained from celebrity ownership of estates such as Brad Pitt's and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval has certainly propelled estates such as La Mascaronne to a higher profile. And in 2020 this led to the estate being bought by Michel Reybier the owner of the highly regarded Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux and he has injected a new dynamism to things. At Mascaronne they're fortunate in having an excellent terroir, which although tough and rocky and hard to cultivate yields superb fruit, especially from their plantings of Cinsault and Grenache which are the main constituents of their rosé. Nathalie Longefay, who was wine consultant under the previous owners, joined the new team as Techincal Director in 2021.