Lot 720 | 2018 Haut Alpes
A rare, high-elevation, needle-in-a-haystack gem from the French Alps that's largely unavailable in the U.S.
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- Haut Alpes
- Grenache 60%, Cinsault 20%, Syrah 20%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2022
- Release Email
Haut Alpes (or “Upper Alps”) lies between the Savoie region to the north and the Mediterranean coast of Provence to the south, situated high up in the Alps mountain range that France shares with seven other countries. A breathtakingly spectacular part of the world, it’s home to valleys lined with apple and pear trees, picturesque houses built on steep hills, and sees the Tour de France pass by its mountains nearly every year.
However, a tiny bit of land up here is also home to vineyards, where a handful of producers make fantastic wines that are mostly enjoyed by either the locals or visitors to the nearby alpine ski resorts. Lot 720 is a beauty that comes to us from vineyard slopes planted about 2000 feet above sea level, and is crafted with Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes. A true needle-in-a-haystack find.
Dry but smooth
A great clean and dry, but still fairly floral Rose'. Well balanced, with enough body to give it substance. The finish was long, soft and smooth; unusual, I think, for a Rose'.
Classic French Rose
This is a classic French rose....pale in color with great minerality followed by fruit.....crisp and dry....I could drink this one all day....we will be re-ordering and watching for more Haut Alpes releases in the future!
Rose all day
Perfect color for a Rose. Flavor was clean and fruity but still dry. Will definitely be buying again
Enjoyed with a Chicken Salad
Very good blend that was not too sweet; just the right amount of minerality to make it a bit more complex than an ordinary rose.
Flavorful and Smooth
I enjoyed this wine very much -- very drinkable with nice long floral notes. My wife thought it was a little too bland.
Jacque' the Non-Sommelier
Pretty but bland
With pink wines, I really only like zinfandels. I don't care much for French wines. The nose was citrus with a hint of florals. The color is gorgeous, like pale pink blush carnations, or watered down pink grapefruit juice. . It kind of tastes like that too! I realize rose's are not supposed to be super sweet, but this was just ok. It was a nice end of day treat by itself. I have a salad with chicken, fruit and avocado coming for dinner. I'll try it with that and see if it pairs well.
summer in the dark of winter
While a bit floral for my taste, this was otherwise just fantastic. very pale with nicely balanced mineral, fruit, and acid. A real winner.
Perfectly dry Rose with with ample fruit. The addition of Cinsault and Syrah to the usual Grenache make it perfectly delicious.
Happiness in a bottle
Roses are grand and I don’t want to hear any hate directed at them. Don’t you dare do that to me! Next wine please.
The Best Rose!
This was one of the best Rose my wife and I had ever tasted. Very good and cant beat the price!