Williams Chase En Provence Rose is bottled as a Coteaux Varois En Provence Appellation D’Origine Protegee (AOP). The Coteaux Varois surronds the city of Bignoles and encompasses 28 communes. The soils here are generally clayey – limestone soils rich in flint stones and the vineyards benefit from a special microclimate due to their high altitude (the vineyards are located mainly between 350m and 500m).
Domaine Chase itself is now spread over 20 hectares of vineyards across the prestigious appellations of the Coteaux Varois en Provence and the Côtes de Provence. Under the supervision of Chief winemaker Dale Clarke, the wine remains stylistically the same. Williams Chase Rose is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and the white grape Vermentino (also known locally as Rolle) which lends some peachy character.
The grapes for Williams Chase Rose are harvested in the early hours of the morning to preserve the freshness (and maintains optimum acidity) in the wine and the grape varieties are vinified separately which allows more control over the final blend. After the grapes are destemmed there is a gentle pressing followed by minimal skin contact which is what gives the wine its delicate pink colour. The wine undergoes a temperature controlled fermentation below 17˚C. A portion of the blend is aged on the lees with regular lees stirring which enhances creaminess and texture.
Williams Chase Rosé is presented in a very smart, elegant bottle that matches the the Willams Chase Vodka and Gin bottles. One item of note is the closure – the wine is sealed with a rather cool Vinolok closure. Why not re-use the bottle for making sloe or damson gin or for making salad dressing?