(2016 Vintage) Endless sun, garrigue-covered hills and azure skies—Provence is pleasure incarnate yet this bottle of peerless rose promises so much more. Mas de Gourgonnier has been certified organic since the 1970s—longer than any other winery in the region. The color shows a rich pink with a hint of orange. Candied orange rinds, warm cherries and lots of pepper on the nose. Floral notes—jasmine and honeysuckle and orange blossoms—blend with strawberries and red currants on the palate. Textured and pure, and bone dry. Pair with full-flavored fare, black olive tapenade or a garlicky seafood stew. Blend: 60% Grenache, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cinsault, 6% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah
Wine & Spirits(2008 Vintage) The 2006 Les Baux de Provence combines 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Carignan, 20% Grenache, and 9% Syrah. Carignan has seldom, if ever, approached so large a percentage, but its old vines manage to withstand the ongoing local drought. Cassis, blackberry, Provencal herbs, and wood smoke in the nose lead to a correspondingly pungent, ripe and particularly bright palate and a penetrating finish redolent of resinous lavender and rosemary and faintly bitter black fruits. This impressively concentrated rendition of Gourgonnier - only 13% in alcohol, interestingly - is slightly rustic in its tannins but will prove exceptionally versatile at table. Typically, the wine is at its best for 2-4 years although it will often hold longer.
Wine Spectator(2014 Vintage) This has a gently fleshy feel, with lightly dried plum and black cherry fruit flavors lined with lavender, tobacco and black tea notes. A pretty mineral edge extends the finish. Drink now through 2018. 5,000 cases made. -JM Country: France Region: Provence Issue Date: Web Only - 2016
Wine Advocate(1997 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 127 on Feb-00