While we still have a few wines that have not landed, the lion’s share of 2016 Rosés are already in stock and ready to enjoy when the sun comes out. I have not tried every rosé in the shop yet but here are some I have tried and can recommend. So do as I do and fill up your shelves because nothing goes down like cold rosé on a summer day.
Domaine du Dragon $15.99 Made from Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and a little bit of Rolle (Vermentino) this has become one of our best sellers over the last five years. This year it is pale pink in the glass with red fruits on the nose and a long clean finish. DRINK THE DRAGON!!!!
Sainte-Eugenie $11.99 A bit fruitier than most but with a clean finish, this Corbierres rosé is almost all Cinsault, with Grenache and Syrah to add color and style. A party wine if I ever saw one.
Gonnet Le Reveur Côtes du Rhône $12.99 We call this the little bird because of the label, but this 50/50 blend of Grenache and Cinsault is no baby. Fruit, mineral and bright red cherry acid in the finish make this a blast to drink. The first bottle I opened I enjoyed so much I had to open another and another . . . you get the picture.
Terra Corsa $12.99 From the island of Corsica comes this beauty at a great price. The flavor profile is lovely but just a bit different as it is made with 85 percent Niellucciu, a grape that is indigenous to Corsica and appears to have similarities to Sangiovese from Tuscany. Worth a try just for a change of pace.
Chateau Trians $14.99 A blend of 60 percent Grenache, 30 percent Cinsault and 10 percent Syrah, it’s a wine from Provence at a very good price. This was a unanimous staff pick when it was offered to us. Excellent.
Hecht & Bannier Cotes de Provence $17.99 A blend of 45 percent Cinsault, 30 percent Grenache and 25 percent Syrah makes this pale, mineral driven wine a good choice with food. A bit more serious than some and done that way intentionally. The winery harvests very early in the morning to preserve the freshness of the fruit, and very little skin contact keeps the color pale and the body more on the mineral side.
Clos du Caillou $18.99 This was one of the more serious rosés we sold in 2015 and the 2016 is similar, but a bit more forward, so it is drinking better early on. Made from 85 percent Counoise and 15 percent Mourvèdre, it is a unique rosé, with pretty peach and rose aromas, but the intensity in the mid palate makes this a wine that screams for grilled salmon.
Domaine de Figueirasse Gris de Gris $11.99 Probably my pick for the best bang for the buck, I went through cases of this last year and I will probably do it again, as the quality for the price is tough to beat. Made from Grenache, Grenache Gris and Cinsault, this is super pale and super delicious.
Chateau les Crostes $18.99 This is the palest rosé of the year, it looks like white wine in the glass. This has an intensity that keeps growing with every sip. A serious food wine and a killer rosé like no other. Made from 60 percent Cinsault and 40 percent Grenache, this has no skin contact that I can see. FYI, they have a great website and you can go and rent a room there!
Domaine Fondreche $15.99 This rosé usually sells out before summer even gets going, but we got our order in extra early this year and were able to get double our usual allocation, so come on in and buy it by the case. 50 percent Cinsault, and the rest split between Grenache and Syrah. A bit more color this year to give more expression to the fruit.
Mas de Gourgonnier $18.99 Certified organic growers since 1975, they make a rosé that changes a little every year but Grenache, Cabernet, Cinsault and Mourvèdre are the main players. A big boy rosé.
Neveu Sancerre Rosé $20 /Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé $21 Both Pinot Noir, both delicious, both great food wines—take your pick! From a great appellation in the Loire Valley.
Remember: The Sun will Come out Tomorrow!!!