Hecht & Bannier are a négociant winery based in the southern French town of Aix-en-Provence. Since 2002, they’ve released a number of very good red wines. However, it’s their rosé program that is getting noticed and for very good reasons. They produce three bottlings of rosé. The least expensive and simplest is their Languedoc offering. Their Bandol is their top bottling, which is not surprising: Bandol is the epicenter of pink wine production in France.
The Wine School favorite — for quality and value– is this bottling from Cotes de Provence. While the wine is sourced from multiple vineyards, they all resided in the Montagne Sainte-Victoire region, just east of Hecht & Bannier’s winery. All the fruit is night harvested, so the grapes come into the crushpad cool, allowing for a brief but cold maceration. The wine is half Cinsault, with the rest a combination of Syrah and Grenache, which are co-fermented.
A nose of fresh tarragon and red fruit, the palate is bright cherry with a juicy melon undercurrent. The texture is zesty with just enough texture to give the deep fruit flavors some dimension. The finish keeps the fruit coming. Salted peach, pear, and a closing note of honeysuckle.
This is a spring and summer standby, perfect for lounging on the deck.