Hailing from Côtes de Provence and originally launched by award-winning wine producer Julian Faulkner with a 2015 vintage named in honour of his eldest child, Aurelia was created to showcase the very best of the terroir at Le Grand Cros.
At the same time, it would take rosé beyond the pool/beach side lunch setting and offer discerning drinkers a fuller-bodied, more structured and altogether more serious take on the region’s classically light rosé.
Faulkner’s trialling of alternative styles actually dates back to 2004 in what was then labelled “Nectar” rosé.
This saw him experiment with oak, longer skin soak, raising on lees and even micro-oxygenation, and in the vineyard with different varieties, levels of maturity and blends.
Created using grapes hand-harvested in September, Aurélia 2019 spent eight months on lees and partially in oak, allowing it to develop a creamier texture and greater complexit.
Often considered as a summer drink “The substance and richness of cuvées such as Aurelia can enhance food at any time of the year.” affirms Julian Faulkner.
With its elegant pink hue with salmon reflections, the Aurélia 2019’s nose is expressive and complex, with some floral notes, candied melon and mango, sweet spices (cinnamon) with a little zesty lift of grapefruit.
The mouth, ripe and full, is balanced. A beautiful structure reinforces the original and elegant character of this gastronomic rosé. Aurélia 2019 was bottled on 4th June with just 200 cases being produced.
It is available from boutique company Asset Wines priced at £28.95 a bottle. It can also be purchased directly from the Faulkner Wines website.