Prettily pink with precious bubbles, the Cuvée M Brut Rosé in June’s Bubble Box is a feast for the eyes and a treat for the palate – and nobody loves it more than the men and women who make it.
Towering above the beautiful French region of Provence are the mountain ranges of Luberon and Ventoux. On their slopes, where the Rhone Valley meets the spectacular scenery outside of Aix, grow the grapes that become the beautiful pink fizz in June’s Bubble Box.
Life here, says Fanny Sucré of Marrenon, the winery behind this bottle of bubbles, is a Continental idyll. She says, “All of the villages have a marketplace where the generations meet, where people like to play pétanque with friends and enjoy the sun, having a glass of wine or café on the terrace.”
Farmers here almost never stick to one crop. Across their fields and orchards grow grape vines, lavender, olive trees and asparagus, and by working together in co-operatives everyone is able to earn a good living working the land.
It’s here – these twin regions named after their mountain ranges – that Cuvée M Brut Rosé calls home.
A Surprise Inheritance
When Petula Garcia was a child, her most eccentric uncle decided to emigrate. Their family was sitting on a real estate fortune, and it wasn’t such an unusual move for a man of his means. His destination? The beautiful, arid land of Provence in the south of France.
Little Petula didn’t give it much thought. But almost five decades later, she got a surprise: her uncle had passed away, and left her a country house in his adopted home. It was called Marrenon, and for Petula this unexpected inheritance would be the start of something wonderful.
From her very first visit, Petula was bewitched by the beautiful landscape of the south of France. She decided to take her inheritance by the horns and move to Luberon and Ventoux, inviting her friends from around the world to discover the relatively unknown corner of Provence with which she’d fallen in love.
But she needed a celebratory wine to serve at all of these parties; she asked a winemaker she knew to make a wine just for her, and thus the Cuvée M was born.
A Wine from the Heights
The winery on Petula’s land got started in the 1960s, and it was all systems go through to 2005. In that time period, offices, cellars and bottling lines were built; wines were tried and tested; and Marrenon made a name for itself selling wines to supermarkets throughout France and Europe.
Then, as now, the winemakers at Marrenon relied on local co-operative farmers to grow the vines that they use to make wines. These vines grow high on the mountainside, where the chalky soil, blazing hot days and cool nights give the grapes a freshness, minerality and elegance that stand out in the region’s wines.
In 2005, the winemakers at Marrenon changed tact. They started focusing on ramping up the qualities of their wines, and marketing them to restaurants and wine lovers.
The co-operative also agreed on a series of four values from which they would never stray: commitment; conviviality; humility and open-mindedness. Always improving their techniques and knowledge of their vines and terroir, these values ensure that Marrenon is constantly evolving.
Part of that evolution is the Cuvée M Brut Rosé in June’s Bubble Box, from 2016 – the fourth vintage of this delicious pink wine.
As Fanny says, “Cuvée M sits in our range like a little treat. It mixes perfectly the freshness of our high-altitude vineyards with the intense and fruity aromas of vines soaked in the sun. Our terroir is unique for that.”
Aged 12 months – rather than the standard 9 – this wine’s brilliant bubbles are particularly elegant and delicate. It’s a beautiful summer rosé, perfect for drinking under brilliant blue skies.
“On its own,” Fanny says, “it’s perfect for celebrating – either something special or just the end of a long day of work. Otherwise it matches perfectly with scallops, prawns or even lobster dishes – but personally, I love it with California rolls!”
Whatever you decide to pair this pink wine with, be sure to enjoy it under a bright summer sky!