It has an atmosphere that is all of its own. The sparkling rosé Extra Brut 2019 from the Combard family’s estate of Figuière was one of the original wines to come our way this year. Called Atmosphère, the wine is a savant blend of the traditional grape varieties of Provence and the south of France, the stylish and fruity Cinsault and the candied fruit and cinnamon tasting Grenache. It was fruity but not too fruity with an accent on citrus and its bouquet is a lasting one at that. It was highly pungent and aromatic and went well with smoked salmon and smoked tarama canapés. But we recommend that you let it sit uncorked for about 15 minutes before sipping.
We even liked its white, pink and gold bottle, one of the ones you know that you want to keep around as a candlestick. It is elaborated along the lines of the traditional sparkling wines methods —twice vinified— and its grapes emanate from the region of the Maures uplands, one of the wilder regions of Provence in the Var. This is a fun wine and it can be kept for two to three years. The wine is elaborated by the Combard family, Delphine, Magali and François who own the 125-hectares (309 acres) Figuière vineyard, classified in the Côtes de Provence label. The vineyard overlooks the Golden Isles and the house is a member of the Vignobles et Signatures collections, a group of 18 family-owned wineries.The estate can be visited and tastings of the estate’s wine collection can be enjoyed there as well. You can also book in for cocktail hour or dinner prepared with local ingredients.Make an appointment ahead of time.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
Delphine, Magali and François Combard
605 Route de Saint Honoré
83250 La Londe les Maures, France
33 (0)4 94 00 44 70
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