Named for the sun, this deliciously fresh Rose is made by Roger and Olivier Ravoire who own Domaine Valdernier in Aix en Provence. Their sundrenched vineyards lie in the west/north west region of Provence on hillsides covered with wild lavender, rosemary and thyme. The climate here is Mediterranean and hot – the stony soils are bleached by the sun and scoured by the Mistral wind. Provence is famous for its Roses and the region has an impressive heritage with winemaking dating back to 600BC when the ancient Greeks founded Marseille.
Les Soleillades is made from Grenache (used in Rioja and the southern Rhone), Syrah (used in the Rhone) and heat loving Cinsault, an ancient grape thought either to have originated in Provence or to have been brought to the area by traders from the East. The beauty of Cinsault is its wonderful perfume, which comes through in Les Soleillades.
Being born of the Mediterranean Les Soleillades is fantastic with seafood, bouillabaise, paella and sushi. It’s also great with Moroccan lamb with prunes and apricots, pilaf, Chinese braised pork, ratatouille, Italian pizza, salads and soft cheese.