The Wine Snoop Report

The latest news about Provence wine and wine people

Sparkling rosé from Côtes de Provence

Brique_BullesOver in Côtes de Provence, the snoops are hearing buzz about a movement to create a new denomination focusing on “sparkling rosés” from Côtes de Provence. The method of fermentation differs from that that is used in Champagne. There’s growing excitement about this possibility echoed across the appellation. Watch for more news here.  <Back to PWZ>



Grape news from Le Clos de Caveau

Fall_RoseUp in Vaqueyras, Henri Bungener, proprietor of Le Clos de Caveau, reported that the vineyard is back on track for the usual mid-September harvest. The warm spring, a harbinger of a slightly earlier harvest, was offset by a cool July.

Véraison, meaning “the onset of ripening” has begun, Bungener reported. The “polka dot” appearance of the grapes is finishing as the color veers toward black. Grape sugar and acidity are constantly monitored during this phase to determine the optimum time for picking.

Due to more wet days than usual this summer, talcum powder was sprinkled around the vineyard that, “like putting talcum powder on little babies’ bottoms” will keep the grapes dry. Bungener, an avid organic viticulturist, has a very close relationship with his grapes, part of an upcoming story in Provence WineZine.  <Back to PWZ>


Château d’Esclans “Garrus” rosé auctioned off for a record $15,000

P8269895Stateside,  last weekend (August 3, 2014) in the Hamptons, that exclusive east end tip of Long Island, New York, at the annual Great Chefs charity dinner, a large format double magnum of the Château d’Esclans “Garrus” rosé was auctioned off for a record $15,000 for one bottle.

I guess this confirms Garrus’ status as “the most expensive rosé in the world,” which greatly benefitted Jeff’s Kitchen at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, New York and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund.

Among the 140 dinner guests at this prestigious event were Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, renowned French chef Éric Ripert (founder of Le Bernardin) and American celebrity chef Tom Colicchio (founder of Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants and co-founder of Gramercy Tavern).

Watch for an upcoming article in Provence WineZine about our dinner with Sacha Lichine at Château d’Esclans.  <Back to PWZ>




Photo by W.T. Manfull