In our quest this summer to try as many of the dry Rose wines we could get our hands on the 2013 Billette Bouquest De Provence Rose crossed our path. We found this at our local wine shop and a quick google search brings up many wine shops that still have it. This one coming from France, obviously, has a very interesting shaped bottle. It is a screw top with almost an hour glass shaped bottle.
After clicking on many links that were selling this wine from $14.99 and below, I finally found one that had tasting notes and information on the wine. Mid-Valley Wine and Liquor had this to say:
The facts behind this nice, soft rosé generally don’t tip you off to what you’ll experience when you finally open the bottle: a wine with fullish body, dry but not austere, and having a bit of complexity for Provence rosé. But, then again, some of the facts do help foretell what’s in the bottle. Some of the complexity comes from the interesting blend of varietals used: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and the remaining 10% a mixture of Mourvedre, Rolle (Vermentino), and Tibouren (an ancient and well-regarded red grape aka Rossese in the neighboring Italian Riviera: Liguria). And yes, another fact to help prepare you: it’s the #1 Cotes de Provence rosé in France! This is no mean feat considering that the Cotes de Provence production is about 80% pink/rosé wines, so there’s a lot of competition. The producer, Chateau La Gordonne, has its vineyards planted in schistous soils on south-facing hills- many of the vineyards of Provence are planted in this direction to avoid the drying effects of the Mistral winds. We’re glad that a lot of these grapes didn’t dry up or blow away because there would have been less of this great summer wine to go around! Try it with refreshing salads that combine greens, goat cheese, and watermelon; or with grilled salmon, seafood soups, and hearty vegetable stews like ratatouille.
Wow the #1 Cotes de Provence rose wine. Of course, I do not know #1 in what? Taste? Production? So was it my #1?
Color – Light Orange or as you often here with rose “Salmon” this was the most Salmon colored wine I have ever seen.
Nose – Very faint watermelon the nose was a little muted.
Taste – Super light but super smooth with raspberries and watermelon.
Finish – Crisp with medium acid and oh-so-smooth.
Overall, this was very good. It was not my number 1 because, to me, it could have been a bit bolder. But I am pretty sure that you could put a straw in this one and never look back. It is one of the smoothest on the market that I have had. I recommend for anyone as their first try at rose wine.