Chateau Saint Beatrice Cuvée des Princes Rosé 2020 ~ Côtes de Provence, France
91/100 Wine Enthusiast
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2017 Vintage)
91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2016 Vintage)
1 Star - Le Guide Hachette des Vins (2008 Vintage)
Cité - Le Guide Hachette des Vins (2003 Vintage)
Wine Enthusiast "This is a perfect apéritif—bright and crisp with acidity. It's fresh, fruity and ready to drink."
Roger Voss "Carignan makes an appearance in the blend of this wine alongside Cinsault and Grenache. That adds extra spiciness and emphasizes red-berry fruits in a wine that is fresh and ready to drink."
This popular soft and elegant rosé is made from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan. A salmon-hued wine, it is lightly aromatic with notes of honeysuckle and candied fruit. Fresh and dry on the palate, with rich notes of white plums, tangerines, apricots and a hint of grapefruit.
Château Sainte Béatrice is owned by renowned Provence winemaker, Valerie Rousselle who owns the largest winery in the Lourdes region of Provence. The type of winemaking adopted at Château Ste Béatrice is said to be "à la Gironde". This very slow process requires great attention and constant monitoring but allows their wine to reach the fullness of its taste and bouquet. Château Sainte Béatrice has some vines which are 60 years old; the average is 30. Located on hillsides in the Argens River, favoured by a southern exposure, these vineyards are able to take full advantage of the Provencal sun and good irrigation to produce fresh and aromatic Rosés that speak to the wineries motto of “quality and tradition".
Valerie Rousselle (winemaker) "The Rosés are made from red grapes: Grenache, Cinsault. They undergo slow fermentation at low temperature which allows the juice to fully impregnate the aromas contained in the grape pulp, without taking on too much color. This is what gives Château Ste Béatrice rosés their inimitable 'fruity' characteristics."
Côtes de Provence AOC is the largest appellation of the Provence wine region in south-eastern France. It covers roughly 20,000 hectares of vineyards, which produce the vast majority of Provence's rosé wine. This appellation includes most of the viticulture in the Var department.
Rare Rose Blend is used to identify rosé wines made from unusual or rarely seen combinations of grape varieties. There is great variation within the world of rosé, from the fresh, strawberry-tinged wines of Provence to the much-maligned category of White Zinfandel. The grape varieties used are most commonly red, and the pale color is achieved by limiting the contact the grape has with its skins. Usually, rosé wines are made from the grape varieties that are common to where they are made – for example, Provence rosé wines are usually made from a combination of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, while rosé wines from New Zealand are commonly made from Pinot Noir.