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Chateau de Saint-Martin is an ancient place ruled by women for millennia. Providing a particular perception of her US consumers, Adeline de Barry, owner of Château Saint Martin, said to me: “we have two bottle shapes, one traditional one for local tourists and for the American market, and one more elegant one for the Paris market.” She should know, since she is aristocracy herself and her wine is served in the Élysée Palace.
Château de Saint Martin Eternelle Favorite rosé (2009, $15, 90/10)
The floral perfume of rose petal and fragrant, subtle spices is immediate on the nose. What follows is delicate red fruits with hints of mandarin, grapefruit, almonds, spice, ginger and a long, lingering aftertaste unheard of for a young rosé. The wine simply blew me away and the bottle is extraordinarly chic, cool and cosmopolitan for a traditionally minded French region. The whole experience strangely made me start trying to imagine how vodka would taste if it were made in the Mediterranean climate. It also made me think of the concepts of beauty, purity, and aristocracy, quite fitting for my tasting location in a Château where noble men and most importantly women have lived for centuries and centuries. Having dinner into the night with Ana Chavarri Padilla, winemaker and Adeline de Barry, owner, I felt fortunate to experience the unique pleasures of a simple wine writer, unique attention and care. Their pitch is “a rosé devoted to women’s pleasure”. Are their wines feminine? I think so. But they are never trying to hard. They just are.
I have massive amounts of audio from my time spent at this Chateau, most of it in English, some in French. I will (hopefully) add some short video shortly. Listening to these sound tracks it should be possible to imagine you are right in Provence in the middle of Winter.