Saint Roseline, the oldest daughter of the Seigneur des Arcs, the legendary Lord of the Arcs in the sun-drenched rosé wine filled land of Provence, gives her name to one of the finest rosé wines in the region, the Château Sainte Roseline, a Côtes de Provence, a wine whose vintage is classified. Saint Roseline was a French Roman Catholic saint whose life spanned the 13th and 14th centuries, known for her visions and her shrine in Les-Arcs-sur-Argens has been a pilgrimage site for six centuries. But the news here is about celebrating the 70th birthday of the house’s emblematic vintage, the Lampe de Méduse (the Lamp of Medusa), whose bottle has the intriguing shape of a perfume bottle from the nearby French centre of perfume production, Grasse.
This year the house is bringing out a special limited edition of the bottle which has been designed by one of the great names in French fashion, elegance and style, Christian Lacroix, who also happens to hail from Provence. Light, airy and tasteful lace calligraphy adorn the bottle further showcasing the delicate rosy pink color of the wine within.
And that wine within is the 2019 vintage, an excellent year for the rosés of Provence. The Lampe de Méduse Millésime 2019 is complex bursting with delicate notes of peach and mango and relying on four grape varieties, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and the rare Tibouren, which was introduced into the region by the Romans. The limited edition wine is also available in a Magnum, a Jeroboam and a Mathusalem. The Château Sainte Roseline is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Provence and the property houses the village chapel where the relics of Saint Roseline repose.
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