AIX Rosé, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence
Yesterday, with the sun burning down outside our offices in the Langham countryside, I took it upon myself to head outside with a chilled bottle in hand and 'sample' the 2021 AIX rosé (pronounced simply 'X') from Provence. It was absolutely delicious.
Maison AIX's vineyards are situated in the prestigious appellation of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, a region widely considered to produce some of the finest rosé in the world, and this latest release is no exception.
Maison AIX rosé is a delicate blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault grapes harvested from low yielding 50 year old vines planted in the mineral-rich soils of the region and blessed with over 300 days of glorious sunshine. Yet the estate's higher altitude, coupled with the cooling breeze of the Mistral winds ensures that the vines remain protected from the region's high temperatures. It's the perfect combination for producing fine, slow-ripened fruit and it certainly shows in the resulting wines.
Not only have we have managed to secure a special case deal with the estate on the newly released 2021 vintage, but we have also been given access to a number of large format bottles from the 2020 vintage up to and including the mighty 15-litre Nebuchadnezzar. With an extra year resting in bottle the larger formats are drinking wonderfully.
- James Russell-Grant, FromVineyardsDirect