Domaine de la Fouquette sits in the heart of the Cotes de Provence appellation in the Maures Mountains where the focus is on quality rose, which makes up four fifths of the region's wine production. It is a family estate that has been operating since 1946. Today, the estate is overseen by Isabelle and Jean- Pierre Daziano, who are its third generation of vignerons.
Their first task was to convert the fifty-one acres of the estate into organic; the whole estate is now certified biodynamic. With consulting oenologist Bruno Tringali, Jean-Pierre has established an environmentally friendly but labor intensive regimen in the vineyard that includes green harvesting. The annual harvest is carried out in late August in the early morning hours, as the cooler temperatures are ideal for picking. This process helps to avoid over extraction, maintain a natural color, and preserve the varietal's aromatic and organoleptic potential. After sorting, the grapes are pressed, the juice is cooled, and then fermented at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks.
La Fouquette is a pure pink-red rose, reminiscent of lychee fruit. In the glass, you will appreciate upfront aromas of citrus fruit, floral notes, dusty minerality, apricot, and peach. Flavors of fresh fruit, red currant, watermelon, and grapefruit are evident on the palate. This rose has good acidity, which evolves to pleasant and complex flavors. Pair this wine with cheeses such as goat or feta, on their own or baked in puff pastry tarts. It also pairs well with a nicoise salad, and simple roasted duck or grilled salmon entrees with a side of fresh endive.