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Jane and Hugh Faulkner acquired Le Grand Cros without big wine making aspirations. Their first year they earned 4 gold medals from France’s top two wine competitions. This success was unprecedented and their oenologist convinced them that they must bottle their wine, instead of selling it in bulk which was typical back then in Provence. So Jane, being the artist, created the labels and with no preparation and somewhat by accident they were in the business of making and selling wine. Their son Julian took over the business 10 years later and had ambitions to take the business further and make rosé that would be considered a fine wine. For the last 20 years he has been experimenting with different techniques and protocols to make rosé more interesting and distinctive from the typical Provençal style. The fruit of that effort is best shown by our cuvée Aurélia.

Sustainability

Background:

We were first awarded sustainable certification by Terra Vitis in 2002 when we were amongst a handful of producers in Provence to be the first to go down this path. However, frustrated by the lack of recognition for our efforts and the cost of getting audited, we abandoned that certification in 2010. We fundamentally don’t agree with the organic rule book on environmental grounds so we continued running our vineyard the best way we knew. However in 2019 we noticed a shift in attitudes in part thanks to the French government’s effort to promote HVE as the official sustainable agricultural certification so we obtained HVE certification in 2020.

What is HVE and how is it different from organic? 

What we do above and beyond the requirements of HVE certification 

Climate change 

LE GRAND CROS ESPRIT DE PROVENCE ROSE 2019

L’esprit de Provence Rosé

Dry and fruity, this rosé seduces by its tenderness, elegance and freshness. With its structured palate and aromatic concentration, it will be particularly enjoyed over a nice meal.                                                                                                                                        .

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LE GRAND CROS ESPRIT DE PROVENCE BLANC 2019

L’esprit de Provence White

The white Spirit of Provence plays the card of seduction. Vermentino (Rolle) is expressed here in all its splendor with citrus notes, hints of white fruits and floral touches. It goes particularly well with seafood and fresh summer dishes.                                                          .

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Le Grand Cros Esprit Provence Red

L’esprit de Provence Red

Our Esprit de Provence red is a worthy ambassador of reds from Provence with its rich aromatic palate. Its dark colour and mouth-feel commands the respect of a serious wine yet its supple body and exuberance makes it a most convivial wine with Provencal flair.

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Le Grand Cros Rose

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Dry and fruity, this rosé seduces by its aromatic expression, elegance and freshness. From the heart of Provence on Julian Faulkner’s family estate, this rosé offers the aromatic quintessence of Cinsault and Grenache, and a careful balance between character and elegance.

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Dry and fruity, this rosé seduces by its aromatic expression, elegance and freshness. From the heart of Provence on Julian Faulkner’s family estate, this rosé offers the aromatic quintessence of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle, and a careful balance between character and elegance.

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CUVEE AURELIA 2019

Aurélia

Full and aromatic, the Aurélia cuvée is a gastronomic wine that stands out thanks to its finesse and originality.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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La-Rivale

La Rivale

More zesty and frivolous than her older sister “La Maitresse”, the charm of “La Rivale” lie in her fresh yet delicate character. It is a charmat method sparkling rosé made from estate grapes at Domaine du Grand Cros in Provence.                                      

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Le Grand Cros La Maitresse Brut

 La Maîtresse

Launched in 2002, La Maîtresse became an instant success flaunting the tasty fruity character of youthful Provencal rosés rather than the somewhat stayed style found in the more traditional regions for sparkling wines.                                           

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Nectar blanc 2011 AOC

Nectar White

Dry, fruity and slightly woody, this gastronomic white will seduce you with its roundness ands intensity. Thanks to its generous mouth-feel and concentration, it flaunts its original style for its appellation.                                                                          

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Le Grand Cros Rouge

Nectar Red

Our Nectar red 2005 is a powerful and refined wine, aromatic and with a nice length. Worthy ambassador to the Provence wines, it offers a rich aromatic palette and a concentrated texture. This is a quality wine to be kept in a cellar, a perfect southern wine to promote Provence.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Between vines and scrubland, the Grand Cros 300 olive trees spread in traditional restanques all around the estate.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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