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.