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2019 Vignoble Dragon "La Belle Hélène" Côtes de Provence Rosé

SKU #1479091 90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Light, bright orange-pink. Mineral-accented red berry and citrus fruit aromas are accompanied by building floral and spice overtones. In a lively style, offering tangy strawberry, redcurrant and blood orange flavors that deepen through the mid-palate. Shows fine definition and strong tenacity on the finish, which leaves a refreshingly bitter pomegranate note behind. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Scents of crushed stone, rose petals and lime zest appear on the nose of Vignoble Dragon's 2019 Cotes de Provence Rose La Belle Helene. It's a dry, zesty example of Provence rosé, light to medium-bodied and defined by passion fruit and citrus. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

K&L Notes

Helene Dragon's property lies in the shadow of the Montagne-Ste-Victoire just east of Aix-en-Provence. Helen took over winemaking duties over two decades ago and masterfully crafts one of our freshest and most sought after rosés year-after-year. The vines are planted at 300 meters over decomposing limestone and clay, the most desirable in the region. Made primarily of Syrah and Grenache, a splash of Rolle (Vermentino) and Cinsault round out the profile.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2020 | Send Email
Helene Dragon is a fourth generation winemaker making some of the best Provencal rose from one of its most desirable regions – Sainte Victoire. In the shadow of the Montagne Ste-Victoire, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the south of France, this limestone monolith looms large in the background. Technically a mountain, it is more a series of fractured limestone plates pushed up over millions of years that look more like a cresting wave than a mountain. Famous for the way it captures and reflects light, Cezanne painted it continuously and in several of his masterpieces. I digress. Fanning away from this mountain lies some of the greatest terroir in all of Provence, the shed limestone and clay from the Montagne. This soil produces roses of tension and nerve such that the region has warranted its own Cru sub-appellation. Helene’s vines sit on these soils and she is crafting her best wines to date. The 2019 vintage is a strong one, providing much more clement and consistent weather than the more complicated 2018. Her wine is a beautiful pale pink, with notes of clementines, white flowers and blood oranges. This will drink so well in these warmer months and should be even more graceful as we approach 2021. Comparable producers are often priced twice this price, but our direct relationship with Helene has provided us some of the best Provencal rose pricing on the market.

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