FLEUR DE MER
Côtes de Provence Rosé
Throughout the rolling hills and valleys of Provence, fields of lavender thrive in the warm sun and fresh, crisp seaside air. In French, Fleur de Mer means “Flower of the Sea.”
Our wine celebrates the region’s famed fields of flowers and vines that bask in the warm summer sun. An elegant Provençal Rosé, Fleur de Mer honors the region’s 2,600-year-old historical tradition of crafting incredible Rosé wines.
Delicate and approachable, Fleur de Mer Rosé captures the serene artistry of the idyllic, sun-washed coastal shores of Provence, the world’s best-known region for Rosé. Vintage 2020 opens with generous aromas of wildflowers, ripe cherry and fresh-cut citrus. Soft, smooth and beautifully balanced on the palate, fruit-forward notes of white peach, raspberry, strawberry and watermelon blend with refreshing hints of sea spray and herbs. A crisp and delightful showcase of the elegance of Provençal Rosé.
The Côtes de Provence enjoys a refreshing Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool, brisk nights. Here, vine roots plunge deep below the dry clay soils and limestone gravel, called gravoches, to reach water. The 2020 vintage began with a mild winter and an early spring. The summer growing season was near-perfect. Pleasantly warm without any periods of excessive heat, grapes developed slowly and evenly throughout the season, while cool nights preserved crisp acidity in the fruit. Vintage 2020 is of very high quality, with ripe red fruit characteristics balanced by soft, palate-cleansing acidity in our Fleur de Mer Rosé.
The grapes selected for our 2020 Fleur de Mer Rosé were checked each week to ensure fruit is harvested at perfect maturity, ensuring layered flavors and delicate balance. Grapes were harvested in the very early morning hours to preserve aromas and structure, then direct-pressed to maintain the bright, concentrated fruit characteristics and produce our pleasing coral pink hue. During temperature-controlled cool fermentation of no more than 59°F, juices are tasted one or twice daily. For this vintage, Winemaker Florian Lacroux selected primarily Grenache and Cinsault to form the core of the blend, supported by other extraordinary Provençal red grapes in a beautifully harmonious, layered Rosé wine.