"Smells of orange groves and summer stone dust. On the palate, creamy, tropical and rich – like a liquid Eton mess with mango on top. Lavish flavour and texture but the acidity glitters through the wine with a sherbet-metal-dust lustre. Long and superior." (Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com Nov. 2022) The most 'gourmand' of the Grand Cros bottlings, fermented and aged in a mix of old oak and concrete agg. As Tamlyn Currin from Jancisrobinson.com commented, "real kerpow rosé!" Poached rhubarb and perfectly ripe peaches muddled with crème anglaise and crushed meringues. Croissant dough and cinnamon buns on the palate, quite tropical at the forefront with guava and pineapple, with zippy cranberry, wet stones and raspberry coulis swirled into vanilla butter cream. Textured white lovers unite! It’s the creaminess that stands out and lingers here, very long in the mouth, sprinkled with baking spice and orange. Very impressive.
Located in the foothills of the Massif des Maures, the stunning Grand Cros estate is like something out of a feelgood Romcom, with the old manor house and vineyards surrounded by pine trees, olive groves and dry stone terraces. Owned by the Faulkner family since 1989, they're a traditional family run outfit who bowled us over with their integrity and humble genius, foregoing the marketing bumph of some of their neighbours to produce honest and delicious wines. And we're not the only ones who think so, in 2015, Decanter magazine selected their 2014 rosé as best rosé in the world, as well as the range catching the attention of none other than the queen of vino herself, Jancis Robinson, who has included their wines in no less than 3 of her top 10 lists for the year.
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“Golden pink. Honeyed toasty oak with bruised apple aromas. Oaky character continues to dominate on the palate, well integrated with floral red berries and orange fruit balancing the honeyed toast. Excellent structure, using Mourvèdre (40%) and Syrah (30%) to good effect, with juicy acidity cutting through. Well executed and elegant. Drinking Window 2021 - 2023, 91 points”Decanter Magazine
“What impresses me about this particular cuvée is that it hasn’t fallen into the trap that virtually all others do when chasing a top-flight rosé dream. Usually, when estates ‘push’ their wines to make ‘super-cuvées’ the wheels almost always fall off! In my experience, oak is often the biggest culprit with heavy-handed, badly selected barrels and overzealous winemakers getting over-excited about creating a grand and impactful wine. Oak inevitably tramples over all of the delicate rosé flavours which are coaxed from the red grape skins when making sophisticated rosé wines. Aurélia steps back from temptation and merely uses the oak to add volume and sheen. The result is a catwalk rosé, which sashays across the palate with a flirtatious swing of its hips and this is all of the excitement I need to get my pulse racing.”Matthew Jukes