- Château St Baillon
- Côtes de Provence
- Grenache / Cinsault / Syrah
- Case size
Goedhuis, February 2020
An ever-so-delicate rose petal pink, the 2019 Château St Baillon rosé is scented with a starburst of pure strawberry and raspberry. Hints of sea spray and garrigue give added complexity and the crisp, fresh palate flows into a bracingly dry finish. Thirst quenching and delicious.
Matthew Jukes, April 2020,
Saint Baillon is the finest value wine in the elite Provençal rosé constellation. This is not a tutti frutti, powderpuff or candyfloss style of wine designed to appeal to the masses with its honeydew melon and raspberry tones. By contrast, Saint Baillon is a focussed, Ninja-like, take-no-prisoners creation. For a start, it is not even rosé in colour. If you look closely through the bottle you will see an unmistakable steely pink hue. This is as far removed from coral pink as one could get. This is not the bottle’s own glass refracting softer, confected tones away and presenting you with an altered image, because when you pour this wine into your glass it assumes the same unblinking, super-composed stance. This colour is only seen twice in the world. In this very wine and also when a gunmetal steel Bentley speeds up the Saint Baillon driveway at harvest time. You must avoid being showered in gravel as it slides to a halt and then look closely at its flanks. At that very moment, the sun glints off its chassis while an imperceptible haze of Grenache juice, atomised from pickers’ baskets lays, mist-like, on the sleek bodywork. This is the only other time you will see the steel-pink colour of Saint Baillon. Its flavour is not dissimilar to its visual cues either. Upright, nervy, cool and stiletto-sharp, this is a wine for sophisticated drinkers. There is nothing pulpy, chubby or fruit-salady about Saint Baillon. This is a wine for foodies, a wine with bitterness and chic. It can be drunk at great speed as an aperitif or in slo-mo with mountains of fruits de mer. Either way, as we are all most likely to be stuck in the UK this summer, this wine gives us one sure-fire way of getting our palates to the Riviera, even if our bodies might still be lounging in our gardens, in just one sip. I will see you there.
Château St Baillon
Saint-Baillon is a bona fide Goedhuis favourite and never out of stock. This pale Provencal rosé encapsulates the summer breeze, and offers outstanding value for money. Having been founded in 1980 by Hervé Goudard the estate was recently purchased by the Delon family. Marie Delon is running this estate with a light touch and this recent acquisition has marked a decisive increase in quality. 30 hectares of vines benefit from the natural protection of the surrounding hills. These protect the estate from both frost and hail, and draw in a cool and constant breeze, so that the grapes can ripen in the brilliant Mediterranean sun whilst retaining a fresh and vibrant acidity.
Côtes de Provence
France's most extensive appellation, the Côtes de Provence stretches from Toulon in the west to near Cannes in the east. The vineyards run from the sun-baked Mediterranean coast up into the Alpine foothills with their cooling influence. Rose wine accounts for four fifths of Côtes de Provence production. Formerly a drink for holidays only, consumption of rose is on the rise in both France and the UK and and the wines are more and more serious. Typically Cinsaut and Grenache are the most popular grape varieties. There is also a renewed focus on producing higher quality red wine by incorporating Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah into the blends, although combined they can only represent 30% of the blend. Plantings of indigenous white varieties are also increasing especially in the coastal areas.