Le Grand Cros
Le Grand Cros is first a story about a couple, Jane and Hugh Faulkner, who fell in love with a little corner of Provence in 1989. On the 24 hectares of vineyards in the foothills of the Massif des Maures, surrounded by pine and olive trees and dry stone terraces, they restored an ancient Provencal manor house and brought a new lease of life to Le Grand Cros.
In 1999, their son Julian joined them to take over the reins and carried out major restructuring of the vineyards and upgrade of the winery. This enabled him to better respect the great potential of the terroir and the environment.
Along with several awards for his Rosé it was the Decanter Top 50 Wines 2014,
Best Rosé which resulted in him selling out in the UK in a matter of weeks!
Le Grand Cros, L’Esprit de Provence,
Côtes de Provence 2013
Elegant damask rose colour; savoury, fine orchard fruit nose with hints of citrus and forest floor. The palate is charming; red fruit and hints of mandarin in evidence, fennel and laurel behind that with a finely etched finish of balletic poise and a real sense of interest.
Aurelia was created by Julian to showcase the very best of the terroir at Le Grand Cros.
With the success of his L’Esprit de Provence Rosé he wanted to create a fine wine
with more complexity and depth of flavour.
A blend of 80% Mourvedre and 20% Grenache offers a lovely balanced wine
of a higher quality with more refinement for the connoisseur.
A limited production of 6000 bottles per year will be produced each year
with only 600 allocated to the UK.
Continued success: L’Esprit de Provence
Another very successful year for the L’Esprit de Provence range from Grand Cros. Julian has decided on a stylish new label for his 2015 vintage. This new look reflects the style and attributes of the wine and is sure to stand out among the competition.
“This is a blend of mostly Grenache augmented with Syrah, Rolle and Cinsault. It is a stunner with all the subtle, fine lines and red-berry fruit you expect, but with an extra hit of exotic, succulent fruit.”
“Rounded and soft, this rich rosé is fruity while also perfumed. The blending of Syrah in the mix gives the wine a sense of power and concentration, making it an adequate partner at the dinner table.”
91 points Wine Enthusiast
“This elite Provencal rosé has a long, dry finish. So many rosés taste confected but this one is calm and composed with discreet red berry fruit and goes with every single recipe.” Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail
L'esprit de Provence Blanc
In the Esprit de Provence white, the Vermentino expresses itself in
all its fresh citrus splendor. This is a great white for the summer and
to accompany shellfish. Think Mediterranean alternative to
Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.
A very pale yellow white wine. Nose of white flowers, with
underlying citrus fruits.
The palate is fresh, mouth watering, complex
with a citrusy finish.
L'esprit de Provence Rosé
60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Rolle, 5% Cinsault.
In the heart of Provence, the Faulkner family nurtures their vines on hills that benefit from a unique microclimate and favour hand-picking, optimal expression of the “terroir” and environmentally sustainable farming. Dry and fruity, this rosé will seduce you with its tender, elegant and fresh spirit.
Pale litchi colored rose with peach reflects. The nose is refined and complex, with aromas of grapefruits, wild strawberries, mango and melon. The palate is round, generous and fruity (white peach and melon). A suave and fruity wine with a long finish.
Decanter Best Rosé 2014
L'esprit de Provence Red
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Carignan
Our Esprit de Provence red is a worthy ambassador of reds from Provence with its rich aromatic palate. Its dark colour and mouth-feel commands the respect of a serious wine yet its supple body and exuberance makes it a most convivial wine with Provencal flair.
An intense ruby and slightly garnet red. The nose is intense and complex combining fruity tones (blueberry and cassis), underlined by some sweet spices. The mouth is first round and supple. Sweet spicy aromas accompany the supple tannins very harmoniously. Dark fruit tones and hints of pepper and spice compliment the delightful body. This 2009 is both generous and refined that can be enjoyed right away.
Grenache, Syrah, Chardonnay.
Launched in 2002, La Maîtresse became an instant success flaunting the tasty fruity character of youthful Provencal rosés rather than the somewhat stayed style found in the more traditional regions for sparkling wines.
An apricot pink colour. An exuberant nose of toasted sweet spices and jammy fruit. The mouth offers body and character and the bubbles lift up the jammy fruit and brioche finish.
Mourvèdre and Cinsault.
This recent competition to the very popular “La Maitresse”, seduces thanks to its fresh and delicate qualities.
A salmon pink colour. A fine nose with fresh fruit (apricot cherry) and a touch of brioche. The mouth offers lovely freshness with the aromas from the nose: apricot and cherry. The bubbles are fine, delicate and persistent.