A former academic lawyer in Aix-en-Provence, Jacque de Lanversin purchased a centuries-old, neglected estate in the Coteaux Varois, just twenty miles north of Bandol in 1963. Located in the foothills alongside an ancient Roman road, the land had been planted to vines for thousands of years, and after replanting traditional varietals including Grenache and Cinsault, Jacques added Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah as well. His progressive red cuvée made of Syrah and Cab entitled ‘Clos de la Truffière’ was released to great acclaim among local critics and consumers, helping to elevate Provence’s renown beyond its popular rosés and demonstrate that it was a serious red wine region too. Jacque has since passed on, but his wife, Suzel de Lanversin has taken over; even in her eighties, she continues to produce the wine and carry on the domaine alongside her son, Emmanuel. The estate’s 15 acres of certified organic vineyards receive protection from the nearby Aurélien foothills (hence the name ‘Deffends’ for Defense) and offer rich, clay-limestone soils in the vein of Burgundy. The 40-year-old vines sit at an elevation of 1500 ft., allowing for maximum diurnal temperatures and lending concentration, depth and freshness to the family’s concise yet impeccable roster of wines.
A blend of 60% Cinsault and 40% Grenache, this is a seriously pretty rosé that exudes summer fruits and white flowers including white peach, nectarine, ripe strawberry, orange blossom and magnolia. While the nose hints at a very fruity and almost opulent style, the palate brings forth a refreshing wet stone minerality and a clean and zesty acidity. Flavors on the palate are slightly less ripe than the fragrance suggests and are in the vein of white strawberry, crisp anjou pear, tangerine and ranier cherry. While the fruit is vibrant and lively, it is not at all tart, and the beautiful white floral notes appear once again on the very long and crisp finish. This is a perfect aperitif style rosé that can easily be enjoyed on its own while savoring that last bit of summer weather!