All rhubarb and peachy tones at the front of the palate, with an innate cool, refreshing note like splashing through a mountain stream, and sprays of elderflower. A little chalky, with a lovely dash of passionfruit on the finish too. La Fleur is a new release from Le Grand Cros immediately across the path from its award winning AOP Côtes de Provence vineyard used for L’Esprit. Classified as an IGP de Méditerranée, “La Fleur” would be allowed yields of 120hl/ha, but Le Grand Cros opt to put quality first, and farm it just as they do for their Côtes de Provence vineyard, L’Esprit, which is strictly limited to a maximum of 55hl/ha.
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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“Using fruit taken from a vineyard over the road from L’Esprit. With a ‘lower classification’, it seemingly cannot command the same level of cash as L’Esprit, but it is still a sophisticated and balanced wine ”Matthew Jukes