Coeur Clémentine

And the Drinking is Easy: Delicious Rosé from the Heart of the Côtes de Provence

Founded in 2005, Coeur Clémentine is the result of the decades-long friendship of its founders, Steve Veytia and Pierre Arosteguy, and their shared passion for the wines of Provence, and in particular, rosé. Steve, a native of St. Helena, California, and Pierre, the 5th generation owner of the oldest family-run epicerie in France, Maison Arosteguy in Biarritz, launched their first vintage in 2008.

Clémentine produces only a single still wine (this rosé), sourced from organically managed, chalky-clay parcels in the heart of the Côtes de Provence, on what many believe to be the best soil in the region, called “The Golden Triangle”. The Golden Triangle contains the villages of Puget-Ville, Pierrefeu and Cuers, and its fruit is highly sought after.

We probably didn’t really need another French rosé on our books—but this one was simply too damn seductive to refuse.

Jean Christophe Audéoud looks after the winemaking which uses the traditional direct press method and maturation in both concrete and stainless steel. The wine is made at the 100- year-old Cellier Saint Sidoine in Puget-Ville (roughly halfway between Bandol and Saint Tropez).

The Coeur Clémentine rosé is assembled from Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren (a Provençal rarity which brings aromas of garrigue, the herby scrub of southern France), and a small splash of Syrah. It’s a dainty, soft pink colour with tantalising raspberry fruit and woody herb aromas, accented by a racy freshness cutting a swathe through its silky and open-knit texture. Firm, crisp and balanced, it finishes dry and tangy with white pepper and floral notes and lovely length. Yet for all this, it’s a wine of joy. A wine of pleasure. A wine for drinking rather than thinking.

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Coeur Clémentine Côtes de Provence Rosé 2022

Coeur Clémentine Côtes de Provence Rosé 2022

This house favourite is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and the rare Tibouren grape (an indigenous variety said to bring aromas of garrigue, the herby scrub of southern France). There’s also a splash of Syrah. The grapes are sourced from organically managed chalky/clay parcels in the heart of the Côtes de Provence, around the picture-perfect commune of Puget-Ville. Jean-Christophe Audéoud looks after the winemaking, using the traditional direct-press method, followed by maturation in concrete and stainless steel.This current release is a racy, crunchy and flawlessly balanced rosé, laden with citrus pith, redcurrant and rose petal aromas and flavours. The texture is fine and delicate with a white wine-like finesse from go to whoa. It finishes completely dry, with a twist of white pepper and some gentle grip. A super consistent wine with genuine depth and interest.

Coeur Clémentine Côtes de Provence Rosé 2022

“From one of the prettiest parts of France comes this delicious, dry rosé. Assembled from Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren, and with a small shot of Syrah making up the numbers, expect a lush and juicy wine crammed with smells of wild raspberries, red currants, and dried woody herbs... just the thing for crusty baguettes, good cheese, and even better company!” Matt Skinner



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Winemaker: Jean-Christophe Audeoud



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