Vinous Reverie Notes
In Provence, in the Aix countryside, Appellation Palette is one of the most confidential in France. Just 40 acres! It is also one of the oldest Provencal AOCs and probably deserves the title of "doyen" of the vineyards of France. Indeed it was originally planted by the Roman legionnaires of the Consul Marius a hundred years BC. Nestling in a natural amphitheatre, protected from the Mistral wind by the hills of Langesse and Le Grand Cabri, by the mountains of Cengle and the Sainte-Victoire, it benefits from the west winds and from the soft sea breezes which blow through the valley of the river Arc. Combined with the limestone soil, these climatic conditions allow the grapevines, pruned in a goblet shape, to flourish under ideal conditions. The grape varieties for Palette are remarkable in their diversity. More than 35 grape varieties bring their originality and their complexity to the wines. Cremade's 25 grape varieties are always cultivated according to ancestral techniques. Besides the classic Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault or Clairette varieties the amateur wine lover can discover ancient Provencal grape varieties which have disappeared elsewhere but are carefully preserved here like Durif, Brun-Fourcat, Manosquin, Terret Gris, Picardan, Pascal Blanc, Petit Brun, or Panse Muscade, nicely nicknamed Panse of King René. These very rare grapes contribute to the subtlety of the wines. Like for this Rose they bring fruitiness with an expressive and elegant flavor which continues on a long finish. A wine for gastronomy.