Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé
Gregory Hecht and François Bannier founded their negociant business in 2002 with the aim of making benchmark examples of wines from all the major appellations -- red, white and rosé -- of Roussillon, Languedoc and Provence. For their Côtes de Provence rosé, they focus on the cooler slopes and hillsides of the region. Grapes are harvested in the cool of the night and the wine is fermented and matured in concrete and stainless steel tanks.
Grenache and Cinsault together make up about 90% of the wine (the rest is Rolle, or Vermentino) and the two red varieties are macerated together so that their personalities and qualities intermingle. The aim is to create a Provence rosé with charm and minerality that displays aromas and flavours of dried herbs and mountain flowers.
Fruit flavours of orange, apricot and strawberry; fleshy, with good freshness. Le Point (France), July 2018.
The Fifty Best -- Cotes de Provence Rose 2017, thefiftybest.com, July 2018
Ripe wild strawberry aromas, with some lees and hints of leafiness.Very complete and lovely wine with a great deal of finesse.
91 points, (Silver) Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.
Hecht & Bannier does a nice job... The 2017 Cotes de Provence Rosé is a plump, medium-bodied effort, marked by crisp, citrussy fruit. Passionfruit and grapefruit nuances give it a zippy, refreshing finish.
90 points, Joe Czerwinski, April 2018.
Leading negociant Hecht & Bannier has produced a ripe, smooth style of rosé. Immediately drinkable, it has a generous texture, warm red-berry fruits and balanced acidity, everything in its place. Editor's Choice. Drink now.
90 points, Roger Voss, May 2018.
A friendly style, with a mix of peach, white raspberry and blood orange notes streaming throughout. A light chalky hint gives this spine through the finish. Grenache, Cinsault and Vermentino. Drink now.
James Molesworth, August 2018.