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Latest and Important Pink Wines: Eternal Youth and Gossip

Upon gazing at a bottle of rosé wine named Eternal Youth or Gossip from the French Côtes du Provence area, one is immediately captivated by its alluring light pink hue, evoking true rose blossoms such as Pink Mondial and Majolica roses. These rosé wines possess a lower alcohol content compared to other wines hailing from the region, making them a preferred option, especially in the summer. Indulging in these wines evokes thoughts of their rich history and the unique terroir of the region.

During a recent visit to Provence, we encountered the distinctive weather conditions characterized by gentle sunlight, rainfall, and sea breezes, including the famous Mistral, a robust and chilly wind that signifies the transition from winter to spring and has served as inspiration for French poets and authors.

The history of Provence is as substantial as its winds. In the 6th century BC, the Phoenicians transported grapevines from Greece to Massalia, known today as Marseille in the south of France. Wines produced from these vines were blends of white and red grapes. These pleasingly pale pink wines quickly gained popularity across the Mediterranean. Even now, Provence dedicates 91% of its vineyard area to cultivating this wine variety as it flourishes in the region’s climate. In fact, Provence accounts for over 80% of all rosé wines produced in its entire wine industry.

Provençal rosé has been a favorite in America for many years and has been reintroduced by Eternal Youth and Gossip rosés, combining fresh and fruity flavors with a crisp and dry finish. These pale pink wines are crafted from a mix of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and occasionally Mourvèdre grapes. The aftertaste often includes notes of red and white currants, Satsuma plums, and a touch of pepper. These wines encapsulate the lively warmth of summer, irrespective of the season. However, each rosé has a distinct history that sets it apart.

Eternal Youth originates from the Chateau Roubine vineyard, which boasts a long and distinguished legacy. Established in 1307, it is one of only 18 Cru Classé estates in Provence. The vineyard’s east-west alignment, clay-limestone soil, and natural drainage create optimal conditions for nurturing over 13 grape varieties, including the rare Tibouren variety, representing just 2% of the wine cultivation in Provence. Over its past, Château Roubine has been under the ownership of various renowned Provençal families and has been acknowledged as a “Cru Classé” of the Côtes de Provence. The current owner, Valérie Rousselle, has brought a youthful vigor to the estate by transitioning it to biodynamic viticulture and producing award-winning rosé.

Gossip Rosé is another remarkable wine, blending 60% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 3% Syrah, 1% Mourvèdre, and 1% Tibouren. All the grapes used are 100% organic, resulting in a dry taste profile devoid of any bitterness. This light and flavorsome rosé exhibits a classic pale pink shade with subtle citrus and fruit scents. With an alcohol content of 13%, it delivers a fresh and crisp mouthfeel from the initial sip to the finish. It pairs excellently with various Provençal dishes, as well as tapas, vegetables, and grilled seafood.

Gossip is produced in Flassans-sur-Issole, a village nestled in the Var hills of southern France. The grapes cultivated here possess the perfect acidity levels for the palate, and the winemakers of Gossip meticulously select and blend the Provençal grape varieties, including Grenache, Vermentino, Cinsault, Syrah, and Tibourin. The grapes are harvested at optimal temperatures, and fermentation is carried out with minimal human intervention. The entire production process adheres to sustainable and organic practices, eschewing fertilizers, pesticides, or insecticides, ensuring a harmonious and pleasing rosé.

Both Eternal Youth and Gossip rosés epitomize the essence of their terroirs and histories through their hues, flavors, and aromas. They deliver unforgettable sensory experiences that authentically epitomize the taste profile of Côtes du Provence.

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