A different beast, the Première blends organic Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Grenache grown on schist soils veined with white quartz. This adds an extra tension and minerality to the wine, giving it an almost saline spine, which is refreshing and attractive. Its colour, palest pink, hides concentrated wild strawberry fruit alongside notes of spice, citrus, peach and white flower. Although just as pleasurable to drink its added intensity means it works with a wide range of foods, from simple grilled fish through cream sauces and even a barbecued sausage or two. Don’t say it too loudly, but this is a better than heavenly wine.
About the Domaine
This dynamic domaine was created by Burgundian Alain Combard in the early 1990’s and is now run by his children. Their range of Rosé are quintessentially Provençal, palest pink and absolutely perfect for drinking in the sunshine.
Alain, alongside his friend Michel Laroche, created one of Chablis’ best known domaines in the 1970s before selling up in the late 1980s. Needing a new challenge and feeling the call of the south, he began to explore Provence, looking for a place to make fine wines. A fan of Rosé, he wanted to see if, by carefully adopting Burgundian viticultural methods, he could produce pink wines that would stand at table against the world’s great whites. After a number of years searching he found Saint-André de Figuière, an old estate that had already been run organically for a decade or more, but was in need of investment.
Alain’s children have now taken over, but his philosophy continues and the wines are better than ever.