Maison Saint Aix Coteaux d'Aix en Provence AIX Rosé 2021
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Maison Saint Aix Coteaux d'Aix en Provence AIX Rosé 2021

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Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, Provence, France

Style: Rosé

Varieties: Grenache (60%), Syrah (20%), Cinsault (20%)

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Producer: Maison Saint Aix

Country: France

Region: Provence

Vintage: 2021

Critic Score: 18.5/20 and 91

Alcohol: 13.0%

Size: 750 ml

Drink by: 2025


The palate is lithe, bright and very fresh with much citric verve. Most refreshing - Anne Krebiehl

Maison Saint Aix only has one wine and one brand: AIX Rosé. It is one of the largest domaines in Provence and is situated in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation (one of nine appellations or sub-regions in Provence)The 75 hectare vineyard is situated 420m above sea-level and faces south-west, which allows it to receive around 300 days of sunshine and provides ideal growing conditions for Rosé. Farmed organically, the AIX Rose is made from the top blend of Maison Saint Aix. AIX was awarded the gold medal for the most celebrated rosé in the World at 'Mondial du rosé 2016' in Cannes. 

The 2021 AIX Rose is made from Grenache (60%), Syrah (20%) and Cinsault (20%).

"Bright, pale blush pink, even colour throughout. The nose is elegantly soft, packed with strawberry, raspberry, red floral and talcum aromas. Light-bodied, juicy, vibrant aromas of raspberry and strawberry flow with a hint of sage, an amalgam of floral and talcum notes. The fruit is bright and fresh with good energy and vibrancy. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing and flowery, supported by a crisp acid line. This is a refreshing Provence Rosé with red fruit and floral fragrance on a smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish."  Raymond Chan

"Pale salmon pink hue. Classic Provence nose with floral notes, added peach and summer field berries with a seasoning of spice….Wow. Seriously impressive, concentrated palate with a core of white stone fruits and tropical fruits that give the wine backbone. This is beautifully integrated with uplifting acidity and oyster shell minerality. Silky texture that flows across the palate. Serious complexity and power yet still graceful with a long distance finish, added spice and white peaches."  Maison Saint Aix

Expert reviews

"Bright, pale blush pink, even colour throughout. The nose is elegantly soft, packed with strawberry, raspberry, red floral and talcum aromas. Light-bodied, juicy, vibrant aromas of raspberry and strawberry flow with a hint of sage, an amalgam of floral and talcum notes. The fruit is bright and fresh with good energy and vibrancy. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing and flowery, supported by a crisp acid line. This is a refreshing Provence Rosé with red fruit and floral fragrance on a smooth mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Match with sushi and antipasto over the next 2-3 years."  Raymond Chan - 18.5/20 points  ★★★★★

"Pale pink. Nose of red berry fruits coupled with a gunflint tone. The palate is nicely fruity, moreish and light with a very appealing candy tone on the finish. An easy-drinking wine for summer barbecues."  International Wine Challenge 2022, Gilbert & Gaillard - Gold Medal 

"A hint of blossom and a touch of tart, red berry fruit accompany the fresh citrus notes on the nose. The palate is lithe, bright and very fresh with much citric verve, just a hint of phenolics and a little hint of pepper on the dry finish. Most refreshing."  Anne Krebiehl, Falstaff International - 91 points

Awards

Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2022, Gilbert & Gaillard

Provence region

Provence wine region

Provence, in the South East of France, is the rosé capital of the world. The region sits along the Mediterranean coast of France, bordered by the Rhone River to the west and the Côte d'Azur on the east. Physically, it's only about 150 miles long and 100 miles North to South, but its impact is profound.

Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine-producing region of France. It is also the only place to focus on Rosé - 88% of Provence wine production is dedicated to rosé! With mineral rich soils, 300 days of sun a year and the cooling Mistral winds, the Provence offers the ideal growing conditions to grow Rosé.  Rosé from here is pale pink, dry, refreshing and savoury - very different to their Australian counterparts. The main grape varieties used in Rosé are Grenache, Syrah, Cinsualt and Mourvedre. 

The Provence wine region is comprised of 9 main sub-regions or appellations (AOC -Appellation de'Origin Contrôlée). These appellations are shown in the map below.

The largest appellation is Côtes de Provence, which accounts for around 75% of the total production of the Provence region (of which 90% is Rosé). Second in size is Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, where Rosé is also king, which is heavily influenced by the Mistral winds. The most prestigious appellation is the much smaller Bandol. The vines in Bandol are planted on silicon and limestone soils, which together with the warm, coastal climate is very suitable for the late ripening of the Mourvèdre grape. Wines coming out of Bandol must contain more than 50% Mourvèdre in the blend whether they are Rosés or reds. Reds from Bandol are just as noteworthy as their Rosé counterparts.

 

 The appellations of the Provence Wine Region

About the winery

Maison Saint Aix

Maison Saint Aix is a 140-year-old winery situated 25 kilometers outside of Aix-en-Provence. From humble beginnings in 1880 as a truffle orchard, it was converted over to vines in the early 1900s. Former advertising executive Eric Kurver and his wife purchased the winery in 2009 and renamed it after the nearby town.

Maison Saint Aix, with its 75 hectares of vineyards, is one of the largest domaines in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence appellation. At 420m above sea level, it's also one of the highest. The vineyard has a south-west aspect, which allows it to receive around 300 days of sunshine. Farmed organically, the AIX Rosé is made from the top blend of grapes at Maison Saint Aix.

Maison Saint Aix only has one wine and one brand: AIX Rosé. The ethos that underpins the complex production of the wine is simply to make the very best rosé each year. As Eric Kurver points out, "My goal was to produce a thoroughly enjoyable wine, but also one that was complex and exclusive enough to win gold medals and receive excellent reviews around the world." To achieve this, the domaine has a state-of-the-art winery dedicated solely to the production of the finest rosé. Keeping oxygen at bay is also key in the fresh, mineral style that the AIX Rosé is known for.

"The domaine's 50-60 year old Grenache vines ensure highest quality 'jus', while the fruit from the younger vines brings freshness. To maintain the harmony of the land, we run a busy replanting schedule - replacing up 4 hectares a year with new vines.

Thanks to our elevation, we enjoy cooler nights and a greater Mistral effect, drying the vines on dewy mornings - making the fruit even better. In early-September, the grapes are harvested before sunrise to ensure optimal freshness of the grapes, the conservation of the most delicate aromas and a reduced risk of oxidation. This is how we achieve AIX's recognizable color, delicate aromas, gentle acidity and great length."  Maison Saint Aix

wine region map of france

France

There are 16 major French wine regions, each known for their own unique grape varieties, terroir and wines. They are Alsace, Armagnac, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Bugey, Burgundy, Champagne, Cognac, Corsica, Jura, Languedoc- Roussillon, Loire Valley, Provence, Savoie, South-West and the Rhône Valley.

The largest region is Languedoc- Roussillon, the oldest is Provence, the most influential and famous are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley and the Rhône Valley.

French wine is labelled by wine region or appellation rather than by grape variety (except in Alsace). In order to guarantee the quality and provenance of French wines, the French government established the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system. Under this system the wine label indicates the geographical origin, quality and, generally, the style of a wine. Many regions are home to multiple appellations; for example, the prestigious Bordeaux region in the southwest of France has over 60 growing appellations.