2015 Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" Cotes de Provence Rosé

SKU #1248177 Wine Enthusiast

 This is the equivalent of a second wine from Les Valentines, a lighter version of the estate wine. With lively acidity, it is fruity while rounded, crisp but also sweet with ripe strawberry flavors. The acidity at the end is soft, light and bright. (RV)  (7/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Pure and fresh, with a core of white peach and cherry pit, backed by subtle tea and wet stone notes on the finish. Cinsault and Grenache. Drink now. (JM)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

The winegrowing estate of Chateau les Valentines is more than a century old. The estate originally brought their grapes to the local cooperative, but when Gilles and Pascale Pons took over in 1997, they decided to make their own wine. They built a modern winery and called the domaine "Les Valentines" after their children, Valentin and Clémentine. Château les Valentines now covers approximately 100 acres. The "Le Caprice de Clémentine" is part of the second range of wines coming from the estate. Moderately priced, it is a high quality Côtes de Provence made from the traditional grape varieties Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%). Its easy approach shows fresh and fruity aromas indicative of the region. It is light and delicate with a pure nose and good acidity to preserve freshness. Serve with traditional Mediterranean fare such as a Niçoise salad, grilled fish and vegetables, light cheeses and such.

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
A customer favorite, this organic summer stunner is friendly but focused, showing crunchy strawberry and soft peachy notes, with streamlined acidity and that all-important dry finish thanks to 50% Cinsault. While somewhat fruitier than last year’s offering, the 2015 Clementine carries all the coveted attributes of a crowd-pleasing rosé: crisp, light, easily paired, and delicious.

By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2016 | Send Email
Light, lively and fresh, this rosé is a total crowd-pleaser! Lemon and peach tea aromatics on the nose, this versatile rosé can be served alone or paired with a cheese tray or grilled fish and veggies. Ripe strawberry flavors makes this a perfect summer wine. Don't miss out on one of the best of the season.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
Easy fresh and well integrated. Tons of bright lemon and fresh peach aroma. So drinkable yet not boring or neutered.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2016 | Send Email
It is Rosé season!!! My favorite time of the year. Chateau les Valentines "Le Caprice de Clementine" is always one of my first bottles that I open. The grapes used are traditional to the area, such as: Cinsaut for its lightness, elegance and fruity aromas of berry and citrus, and Granache for its warmth and snap of freshness. Certified Organic! It is the perfect summer aperitif.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2016 | Send Email
Cinsault doesn't usually take center stage in red wines, but it certainly finds a role in many of the gloriously dry and delicate rosés that emanate from Côtes de Provence, a region of lavender scented air, excellent seafood, glistening fruits and veggies and abundant sunlight. And let's face it, summer hasn't quite arrived until you uncork one of these lustrous, mouthwatering Provencal pinks for friends and family. A sophisticated, stunning strawberry and peach-scented rosé, perfect with salads, grilled sardines or a platter of fresh figs and cheeses.
Top Value!

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2016 | Send Email
Very classic Provençal Rosé. with beautiful aromatics, Framboise, citrus and a bit of peach even, but completely dry of course. Just delightful!

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