From the small Cotes-de-Provence appellation, Sainte Victoire, comes this deliciously full Rose.
Domaine Houchart is one of the oldest domaines in the region, producing excellent Rose, that is dry and savoury, but with layers of fresh red fruit character. A great example of Rose from the South of France.
Gravel and limestone soils.
Four varieties of grapes are harvested - Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre.
After harvest, the grapes are crushed and pressed, then settled at 12 degrees, prior to fermentation. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by 4 months maturation on fine lees.
Grown in the gravel and limestone soil surrounding Sainte-Victoire, this Quiot family wine has a tight, mineral character along with red-cherry and raspberry fruits. It is full and rich, and you can sense the alcohol in the peppery edge. However, the balance is maintained, with acidity and crisper red-currant flavors arriving at the end
In 1890, at the foot of the Mont Sainte Victoire, near Aix en Provence, in Puyloubier, Aurélien Houchart, a wine négociant bought this domaine.
This 90-hectare family estate has been farmed since Roman times, when it was a “Villa”, some distance away from the “Via Aurelia." Aurélien Houchart was a friend of Cézanne and great-grand father of Geneviève Quiot, who started to work the vineyard in 1984. She gave the estate her great grandfather’s name – from then on it was called "Domaine Houchart."
Today the Domaine is looked after by Geneviève's son, Jean-Baptiste, and her daughter, Florence. They are the fifth generation to work the estate.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
A step up from the Cotes de Provence bottling, the 2018 Cotes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rose features slightly confected strawberries and citrus on the nose. It's light to medium-bodied, with a silky texture and a long, mouthwatering finish.
SILVER - JAPAN WINE CHALLENGE 2019