2016 Domaine Dragon Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rosé SKU #1297583


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  • Jim Boyce
    By: Jim Boyce
    K&L Staff Member
    This Cru cuvee offering from Domaine Dragon turned heads again this year, offering a more dynamic and structured step up from the already fantastic CdP Rose (that promptly sold out once again). Fantastic minerality keeps the riper palate focused, with subtle spice kicking in on the finish. This is quite the wine that would easily match up with $20+ roses.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This delicious, weighty yet refreshing Provence rosé is brought to K and L by the Dragon family, who has crafted rose for generations in Saint Victoire. The vines are planted in predominately shallow, limestone soils, which create subtle aromas in the wine, and racy minerality on the palate. This is certainly one of the finest examples of a Provençal rosé I have tried this Summer, and one which is serious enough to be shared and enjoyed well into the holidays.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    Perhaps my favorite rose from the bountiful 2016 vintage is this bottling from Sainte Victoire, a small Cru appellation within Cotes de Provence producing a rather viscous, ripely-fruited style of rose that sacrifices nothing in the way of minerality or freshness. Saline and flinty qualities mingle with sweet strawberries. Subtle peppery, herbal accents bring depth and variety, while the perfectly integrated acidity maintains the laser-like focus and clarity.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    We came upon Helene Dragon's wines about 5 years ago and they have continued to impress. Just last year, we discovered that she made a higher-end cuvee from the Cru appellation of Sainte-Victoire. This Cru within Cotes de Provence is positioned below the Montagne Sainte-Victoire made famous by many an impressionist artist but most significantly Paul Cezanne. This striking backdrop influences the region because of the limestone and clay it has provided to the soils. The wine itself offers riper fruit and a richer palate as the yields to qualify for Sainte-Victoire are much lower. Rich with white strawberry, raspberry and herbs de Provence, a light fennel note provides dimension that shame lesser Cotes de Provence wines. This is the real deal for Provencal rose that demands service with classic fair from the region. The wine will dance beautifully with a plethora of foods from roasted vegetables marinated in olive oil, Tuna Nicoise, a puree of brandade and toasted bread, grilled sardines and even lamb chops, the options are endless.


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