Variety: 40% Grenache, 50% Cinsault, 7% Syrah, 3% Vermentino
Country, Region: France, Provence
Appellation: Cotes de Provence
60% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 8% Syrah, 7% Carignan. Whole-bunch pressed and given a short skin contact to ensure a pale and bright hue as well as an intense aromatic expression. In order to preserve the natural acidity and freshness of the wine’s aromas, there is no malolactic fermentation. Ageing on fine lees in tanks for 3 months then early bottling: January/February of the year following harvest.
‘Pale pink color, intense citrus (grapefruit) and peach notes and a delicate, intense mid-palate. Ideal as an aperitif, with shellfish or crusted prawn served with citrus sauce’ Pierre Fabre, Winemaker.
Saint Max Rosé is named after Saint Maximin d'Aix, the legendary first bishop of Aix-en-Provence from the 1st century AD. According to the legend, he was the steward of the family of Mary Magdalene and her brother Lazarus and sister Mary at Bethany. Around the year AD43 he fled the Holy Land with them in a rudderless and sail-less boat. Miraculously they survived to land at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, in the Camargue near Arles.
After landing in the Camargue, Mary Magdalene and Maximin began to convert the local people in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. came to Marseille and converted the local people. Later in life, according to the founding legend, Mary Magdalene retired to a cave in the Sainte-Baume mountains until, on her last day she came to Maximin so that he could give her communion and arrange her burial. Her sarcophagus is now at the Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, the town named after Maximin. Today Saint Maximin is the patron saint of the diocese of Aix.