I just sold out of this lovely wine but I'm hoping to bring it back into the portfolio soon...
Rollier de la Martinette is named after the colourful European Roller bird pictured on the label; these birds migrate from Africa to Southern Europe and Château de la Martinette where they try to feed off the juicy fruits in the vineyards and orchards.
Note the funky glass stopper instead of a cork or screwcap - just lever it off carefully.
This is the fourth vintage of this wine that we have had on the portfolio and the wine just gets better and better each year. It remains a classic Provence rosé wine with a typical blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes - in this instance 35%, 35% and 20% respectively and 10% Rolle (or Vermentino) has been added this year. Rolle adds perfume and acidity and is in fact more widely grown in France than in its native Italy.
This wine remains a beautiful really pale salmon in colour; though it looks quite delicate, this vintage has an intense nose - stone fruits including mild peach and pear, citrus, flowers and mineral notes. On the palate flavours abound - pears, mild peach, grapefruit with some redcurrant tones and those floral and mineral notes. The wine is crisp, very refreshing and round in the mouth with a long floral and dry finish. Perfect for the summer. We continue to love this wine - a lot!
This is a great wine for drinking at summer parties and barbeques as an aperitif or with food; it is so versatile that it is easier to list the foods that you might want to avoid with this wine - butter based sauces, creamy sauces, curry, strong cheeses
The Château's first wine, Rollier de la Martinette 2016 "has a citrus fruit nose (lemon, grapefruit) with floral notes of bergamot and boxwood. The attack in mouth is spirited and equipped with the powdery sensation typical of our domaine. The mid palate lengthens to a juicy finale all crisp and fresh enhanced by lovely hints of orange skin."