Barton & Guestier, a French producer of premium wines, has announced La Villa Barton Côtes de Provence AOC, an estate-bottled rosé from one of France’s hottest growing categories, according to the company.
Sourced from the region around St. Tropez, La Villa Barton is a blend of Grenache (45%), Syrah (35%) and Cinsault (25%). It exhibits the salmon rose petal color the appellation is known for, according to the company, and an aromatic nose revealing fresh fruits and notes white flowers.
The wine has a rich mouthfeel, complexity and creaminess resulting from long lees stirring, according to the company, and is ideal as an aperitif or served with light summer meals.
The wine’s suggested retail price is $19.99/750ml and is available nationally.
In the past ten years (2005-2014), U.S. imports of Provence AOC wines have grown from less than 40,000 cases per year to more than 500,000 annually, according to the company. In 2014 alone, the category grew 35% in volume and 47% in value from the year prior.*
* Source: Douanes françaises, Ubifrance / Département Agro-Alimentaire