Château Riotor Provence, France.
This beautifully sited property is located in the prime Massif des Maures region where wonderfully fresh and typical rose and red wines are produced. Owned for four generations by the Abeille family (of the famed Chateau Mont-Redon in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) the property has been totally renovated since 1988 both for the vineyards and Chateau and also the winemaking facility. The winery is now fully temperature controlled and equipped with the latest winemaking equipment which has enabled a dramatic increase in quality in the last few years.
The vineyard is planted with the classic varieties for the region of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah together with a little Rolle (Vermentino) which is blended into the delicately coloured and very fragrant rose. Both the rose and red wines are aged in temperature controlled stainless steel to keep the freshness of both the aromas and the fruit so typical of the wines of this region. These are wines made to drink for their freshness and they perfectly suit warmer climates like Provence and also the coastal regions of Australia. Little wonder that these wines are finding such a ready and accepting home all around Australia.
WINE NOTES AND REVIEWS
2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé (Stelvin)
Made from a blend of 40% Grenache, 50% Cinsault, 7% Syrah and 3% Vermentino. This beautifully perfumed dry rosé is from vineyards in the heart of the magnificent Massif des Maures mountains in Provence. Farmed and made by the owners of Chateau Mont-Redon from Chateauneuf-du-Pape this wine benefits from the attention and know-how of generations of high quality winemaking. It has a pale salmon pink colour, intensely perfumed berry and provence herb aromas. Fresh and intensely flavoured delicate red berries on the palate with a crisp, dry and refreshing finish. One taste and you will understand why Provence rose (and Riotor especially) is so popular!
‘Everyone I serve this wine to devours it. It is a pale, savoury, grenache-based Provençal rosé with nuances of strawberries and cream. The palate is weighty and textured, and there is loads of flavour. It has presence, weight and, most importantly, balance. One of the standouts in the French rosé category. Drink now to 2019. Screwcap.’ 93 points, Toni Patterson MW, The Real Review, July 2018.
‘Light bright pink. Fresh red currant, orange pith and floral scents, lifted by a spicy hint of white pepper. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering subtly sweet red berry and citrus fruit flavors and a touch of herbacity. Closes taut and nervy, delivering firm, spicy bite and good persistence.’ 89 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2017.
‘Had a blind tasting last year with over 40 roses at all price points. And not only was this the best in show, it was also the least expensive. Clean with the right amount of fruit matched with the right amount of acid. The type of rose that evaporates quickly.’ Michael Madrigale, Head Sommelier, Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud, New York.
2012 Côtes de Provence Blanc (100% Vermintino)
Made from 100% Vermentino (or Rolle as it known locally). This is a beautifully perfumed, fresh, citrusy white wine of medium body that partners perfectly with most seafood dishes and Mediterranean style foods. Wonderfully fresh and perfumed in style, this is one of the new style of Provence whites showing greater freshness of fruit.