The World of Fine Wine / H&B Provence 2020

2022-07-04 The World of Fine Wine

90/100

Simon Field | Light onion-skin color, watery at the rim; a refined and still rather closed nose. Petrichor, slate, and hints of earthenware pots; roses and spring flowers somewhere in the background. The palate has just a hint of caramelized evolution beyond the strawberry and green figs; cobnuts and rosehip all enveloped by a balmy viscosity and a pleasing versatility of purpose. | 90

Andrew Jefford | Pale salmon pink with rose glints. A little less enticing than some of its peers. The fruit has drained somewhat here, and the nose has consequently dried a little. The cream seems more cardboardy without the fruit. Looked at a little later, the fruit has arrived, and the cream now seems fresher, so perhaps we just bumped into a little reduction issue. Works well on the palate: still fresh here, poised, lively and mouthfilling, with both terrific fruit and impressive vinosity, texture and length. Super, mellow, and soft-contoured rosé that would have won an even higher score with better, fresher aromatics from the off. Grand drinking. | 91

Anthony Rose | Classic partridge eye in color. This is bright and fragrantly floral with some Provençal herbal undertones, too, its freshness underlined by a light, bright spritz on the tongue, followed by some pleasingly savory cranberry fruit that’s refreshingly crisp and dry. Overall a subtle and delicate rosé that reveals itself gradually in the glass as time goes on. | 90

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