As summer approaches, I’m looking forward to the weather getting warmer, days longer and lounging on a terrace with a glass of rosé wine. Not just any rosé, mind you. I’m very particular about my pink drink, favoring Provençal rosés, and one in particular from the southern coast of Provence.
François Fournier purchased the island of Porquerolles – one of the îles d’Or (golden islands) or “Golden Isles” in Hyères – in 1910 after making a considerable fortune discovering silver, and he and his wife Sylvia planted several hundred acres of vines. Today the vineyard is run by their descendant, Sebastien Le Ber and produces the AOC Côtes de Provence appellation wine, Domaine de I’lle.