2016 Domaine la Colombe Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé

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Domaine de la Colombe is based in the village of Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, located at elevations between 900 and 1,300 feet. The terroir includes clay-limestone soils in combination with sandier soils in the valley. An exceptional vintage for the region, 2016 started with a pretty severe drought, with little to no water during the growing season. This led to very concentrated berries on the vines, high in extract but also acidity. Fortunately a little rain arrived just before the end of the growing season, keeping the vines from shutting down and allowing the grapes to reach their phenolic ripeness. For those who felt 2015 was a little too much on the soft and fruity side, you will find a lot to like in 2016. The wines are showing more lifted fruit and fresh acidity.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2017 | Send Email
Our savvy, informed customers must know a thing or two, because the Colombe has been a favorite rosé for several years now, often flying out of our stores by the case on a warm summer weekend. The spectacular 2016 vintage hits all the right notes, with up-tempo flavors of strawberry, cherry, meringue and watermelon, vibrant with acidity and a cleansing, mouthwatering finish. This is the perfect dry rosé for parties and picnics, or when you just want to lie back in a lounge chair with a good read on a Sunday afternoon.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
A staff summer favorite from vintage to vintage! The nose is bright and floral with notes of honeycomb. The palate is full of fresh berries and watermelon while still showing its floral side. It is dry with clean minerality and bright citrus acidity reminding me of pink grapefruit. Perfect to enjoy on a warm summer day or at an evening barbecue!

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
This wine embodies summer! A beautiful nose, enveloped with fresh herbs like chervil as well as watermelon and grapefruit. The texture on the palate is quite wonderful, with a slight creaminess and round mouthfeel. Accented with flavors of strawberry, the latest vintage from Colombe is the perfect summer sipper; great on its own as an aperitif or with light food fare

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/19/2017 | Send Email
This is our favorite daily drinker. It is hard to beat this exceptional value for its fleshy flavors of strawberry, Pink Lady apples and fresh-cut watermelon. Its expressiveness says, I can drink rosé with anything from Tuesday night tacos to a classy Niçoise salad to a roast chicken from my favorite rotisserie place. The Colombe is easily their best release yet with its expression of fruit and lovely structure.

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- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.