Made by the owners of Château Talbot, our excellent L'Oratoire Provence rosé from Domaine Saint Andrieu has grown in popularity year by year. We tasted cask samples of the 2022 from the domaine this week and we were very surprised by its pale, delicate colour and balance on the palate. From just £95 per dozen bottles in bond*, we think this is the best quality you will find at this price by some distance.
You may think of Bordeaux and Burgundy when it comes to buying en primeur, but buying your rosé this way is an enjoyable and cost-effective way to ensure you have plenty to see you through the summer. At £12.18 including all taxes (*when you buy 3 or more cases) this is unbeatable value.
2022 was a hot, dry year in Provence and there were no vine maladies to contend with, so the fruit achieved optimal ripeness and was in perfect condition at harvest. The harvest began early and this appears to have been a great success in retaining acidity in the fruit.
We particularly noticed fresh, clean aromas and flavours of cucumber and mint in the 2022, along with delicate peach fruits, all leading to an impressively long finish. Quite how the domaine has made a wine like this in such a warm year is beyond us, but it's worth remembering Saint Andrieu's connections with Château Talbot in Bordeaux...an assurance of a very accomplished winemaking team, able to find the perfect balance in any year.
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Offered en primeur, expected June 2023.