Founded in 2005, Coeur Clémentine is the result of the decades-long friendship of its founders, Steve Veytia and Pierre Arosteguy, and their shared passion for the wines of Provence, and in particular, rosé. Steve, a native of St. Helena, California and Pierre, the 5th generation owner of the oldest family run epicerie in France, Maison Arosteguy in Biarritz, launched their first vintage in 2008 and the wine has gone on to win numerous awards. Coeur Clémentine’s grapes are grown and harvested in what many believe to be the best soil in the region, called “The Golden Triangle”. The Golden Triangle contains the villages of Puget-Ville, Pierrefeu and Cuers and its fruit is highly sought after. Crafted in a 93 year-old facility in Puget-Ville, under the direction of winemaker Jean-Christophe Audèoud, using techniques that are both recent and part of the long tradition of making rosé in the region. From soil and vine management, through to bottling, our processes are natural and focused on providing quality.
Our winery has been making rosé at the co-operative since 1923 using traditional methods that have been carried down from generation to generation. We maintain a late night/early morning harvest when temperatures are coolest and then send the fruit into a soft, cold press. Skin contact is minimal resulting in a lighter, dryer rosé. Aged in stainless steel cuveés for a period of 25- 45 days until blending and bottling.
Our 2018 vintage is fruit-forward with white peach, green citrus, and tangy clementine offering aromas of spring flowers, lavender, and hibiscus accents. Lighter in color than anything we’ve produced, this bonedry rosé delivers a well-rounded roll on the palate. We extract the best part of the fruit at exactly the right time to maintain a balance between clarity, color and vibrant aromas.
We probably didn’t really need another French rosé on our books—but this one was simply too damn seductive to refuse. Coeur Clémentine is the brainchild of a motley crew of rosé fanatics who – sick of paying through the teeth for high-quality, ‘everyday’ Provençal rosé – decided to have a crack at making one themselves. Years on, thanks to the quality of its wine, the project has taken on a life of it's own. Headed up by St. Helen-born Steve Veytia, Clémentine produce only a single still wine (this rosé), sourced from organically-managed, chalky-clay parcels in the heart of the Côtes de Provence, around the achingly pretty commune of Puget-Ville. Jean Christophe Audéoud looks after the winemaking which uses the traditional direct press method and maturation in both concrete and stainless steel. The wine is made at the 93 year-old Cellier Saint Sidoine in Puget-Ville (roughly half way between Bandol and Saint Tropez). The rosé below is assembled from Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren (a Provençal rarity which brings aromas of garrigue, the herby scrub of southern France), and a small splash of Syrah. It’s a dainty, soft pink colour with tantalizing raspberry fruit and woody herb aromas, accented by a racy freshness cutting a swathe though its silky and open-knit texture. Firm, crisp and balanced, it finishes dry and tangy with white pepper and floral notes and lovely length. Yet for all this, it’s a wine of joy. A wine of pleasure. A wine for drinking rather than thinking.
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2019 - BRONZE
Floral fragrance, fine lavender notes, with more tropical fruits, grapefruit and a leesy undercurrent.
Crisp, with crunchy peach and white raspberry flavors that are lightly tangy and followed by spice, heather and mineral notes on the finish. Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Tibouren. Drink now. 13,000 cases made, 6,000 cases imported.
ROGER VOSS - WINE ENTHUSIAST
'This blend of six grapes, with Grenache dominant, is soft with candied red-fruit flavors. It is gentle, smoothly textured and ready to drink.'