The Bernard Magrez L'Excellence des Muraires 2019 is a great example of what you get when you seek out a Côtes de Provence rosé wine. Magrez is mainly known for his four grand cru châteaux in Bordeaux, but this pink wine comes from his estate in the south of France, Chateau Des Muraires.
Made from three grapes - 46% Grenache, 41% Rolle (Vermentino) and 13% Syrah - the wine was fermented in concrete and aged in huge oak barrels, on the lees. Alcohol sits at 14.5% abv - a little higher than a typical Provence rosé - and it retails for about $35.
This wine shows a very light color in the glass, sort of an onion skin shade. The nose offers minerality first, a flinty aroma with strawberry and cherry notes more subdued. The sip is beautiful, with minerals again leading the way and a fresh acidity that is softened by the creaminess of the lees.