Château Routas Rouvière Rosé 2015
Freshly cut watermelon, ripe peach aromas and floral notes lead to a palate alive with wild strawberries and hints of mineral notes. Crisp acidity and a refreshing finish.
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé 2016The Pfalz (aka ‘Palatinate’) region is in the Rhine river valley in southwest Germany, directly north of France’s Alsace region. The low-lying Haardt mountains protect the area from cold, wet Atlantic weather, making it one of the warmer and drier areas of Germany. Wine grapes do quite well here where it is possible to achieve full ripeness in every vintage. The predominant soil type in this area is well-drained, weathered sandstone. It produces wines with a fruit-driven purity and a stony structure. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is made with fruit from vineyards farmed expressly for the purpose of producing a rosé. Only perfectly ripe , healthy grapes are selected. Upon harvest the fruit is given a brief maceration (four to six hours) to extract a lovely salmon color from the Pinot Noir grapes. The resulting wine is light and refreshing, with deliciously bright fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish.
Gerard Boulay Sancerre Rosé 2015Unlike many Sancerre Roses, Gerard harvests his Pinot specifically to make rose by direct press, then into tank. It is not a selection of young vines as he has no young Pinot vines. What makes the rosé one year could make red another, and vice versa, depending on what the vintage gives.
Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé 2015The Bandol Rosé from Pradeaux is perhaps the most serious wine in this category. Robust, rich, and complex with an ability to age gracefully, this wine is based on Cinsault (50%) and Mourvèdre (50%), taking its slight orange tint from the latter cépage. The younger vines of the domaine (average age: 25 years) are utilized to produce a rare rosé with staying power and exceptional complexity. The Rosé is vinified by a direct pressing for 24 hours followed by fermentation in cement tanks at a controlled temperature of 18 degrees Celsius for about 15 days; the malo-lactic fermentation is blocked and the wine is usually bottled in mid-April of the following year. Approximately 600 cases (7200 bottles)are imported annually of this exceptional wine. There is the appellation of Bandol with its plethora of producers, some good, some mediocre; and then there is Château Pradeaux, the unique, inimitable, standard-bearer for this ancient wine-growing district. The Château Pradeaux is situated on the outskirts of the town of Saint Cyr-sur-Mer that lies directly on the Mediterranean Ocean between Toulon and Marseilles. The estate has been in the hands of the Portalis family since before the French Revolution. In fact, Jean-Marie-Etienne Portalis, who inherited the estate in 1752, helped draft the Napoleonic Code and assisted at the negotiation of the Concordat under Napoleon the First. The estate was devastated during the French Revolution and suffered the effects of the phylloxera epidemic in the 19th century. Suzanne Portalis and her daughter, Arlette, retreated to the domaine during World War II and undertook to revive the domaine. The domaine is currently under the direction of Cyrille Portalis, the sole direct descendant of Suzanne and Arlette. He continues to maintain the great traditions of this estate and is assisted by his wife, Magali, and now his two sons, Etienne and Edouard. The vineyards are cultivated in as natural a manner as possible with reliance on organic methods. In fact, for many years during the spring months sheep grazed in the vineyards thereby eliminating any need to use herbicides and at the same time providing a natural compost. The wines of Pradeaux are brooding and difficult. Produced on the back of the noble Mourvèdre, Pradeaux in its youthful stages is tannic, backward and sometimes ornery. The wines are not destemmed; élevage in large oak foudres can last as long as four years; vines of less than 25 years of age are not used for the reds. Château Pradeaux Bandol is composed of no less than 95% Mourvèdre (old vines). The nose is a mix of honey and white flowers with a hint of animal fur; the color is ruby red; the fruit stains the palate and is lengthened by a near-perfect sense of roundness; the final attack is of ripe tannins that are dusty and sweet. Château Pradeaux “Cuvée Longue Garde” is born exclusively of the oldest Mourvèdre vines on the estate (average age 45 years). Extraordinarily dense, with black notes to the color, the “Longue Garde” is marked by a strong scent of Provençal herbs combined with smoked red meat. This is a complete wine with incredible length; the flavors remind one of macerated plums and black currants. The super-ripe tannins are powerful and in perfect balance with the high fruit extract. This is the wine for the ages. Although the major part of the vineyards is planted to Mourvèdre, the Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé is composed of Cinsault as well as Mourvèdre. After a short maceration on the skins, in order to extract a light color, the juice is fermented at low temperatures to retain freshness, fruit and bouquet. After being aged in cement cuves, the wine is normally bottled in late spring of the year following the harvest. It is one of the richest of the rosés of France, dry but full-bodied with a floral bouquet.
Sacha Lichine Le Poussin Rose 2016Grenache and Cinsault. This wine combines the best of French winemaking Know-How with modern winemaking technology.Low temperature pre-fermentation. Gentle extraction and pumping-over. Vatting time: 12 to 18 days. Pale pink and gray color. Floral scents. Lots of fruits, soft tannins. Fresh, bold, alive and smooth. Try it with a tuna steak and black olives, or simply as an aperitif. Let you be carried away by Edith Piaf, « La vie en rose » ! Our Consulting Oenologist, Patrick Leon. Patrick Leon has unparalleled experience in making among the great wines of the world. A Bordeaux native with an extensive education in Oenology, Patrick studied this subject in his home town as well as business management. In 1972 Patrick joined Alexis Lichine & Company in Bordeaux beginning as a purchasing manager for its French wines. Additionally he held positions as a Technical Manager & Co General Manager of Château Lascombes Crus Classé in Margaux & Château Castéra in Lesparre-Médoc. Patrick also worked with Alexis Lichine on developing content for his books. These positions went through the mid eighties at which point Patrick would work with Baron Phillipe de Rothschild for nearly twenty years. For Baron Phillipe de Rothschild, he would serve as a Managing Director, overseeing technical departments including the company’s vineyards and winemaking facilities for Chateau Mouton Rothschild, d’armailhac, Clerc Milon, le Petit Mouton, Aile d’Argent, Opus One in California, Almaviva in Chile, Domaine de Lambert & Baron d’Arques in the Languedoc, Mouton Cadet in Bordeaux as well as other wines in the BPHR portfolio including Escudo Rojo in Chile. Patrick’s wide breadth of experience and knowledge has established the foundation to becoming a consulting oenologist and working with Sacha Lichine in this capacity.making all the Lichine wines as great as they are.
Bedrock Wine Co. Ode To Lulu Rosé 2016The 2016 Lulu follows closely on the footsteps of the 2015: The vineyard and blend composition is similar and it is, as always, from old and low yielding vineyards. The Mataro element comes from two lovely but quite different vineyards. Live Oak Vineyard, planted sometime around the inauguration of William Mckinley, is an Oakley vineyard own-rooted in sand. Pagani Ranch, which needs little introduction, was planted close to the onset of Prohibition in Kenwood. To complement these two we blended in Grenache from the 1880s planting at Gibson Ranch in McDowell Valley (Mendocino). All lots were picked at low potential alcohol and whole-cluster pressed. This year's iteration is more aromatically explosive than I remember last year's being-the oftentimes stentorian Mataro showing off a bit more playfulness and the Grenache providing oodles of crunchy bright fruit.
Domaine du Clos d'Alari Grand Clos Rosé 2015The wine has a pale, clear, and brilliant appearance. It has a subtle, delicate nose, with aromas of white peaches and pears, honeysuckle, and Herbes de Provence. On the palate, the wine is supple and balanced, with notes of honeysuckle, peaches and apricots. This is a great Rose de Provence. Domaine du Clos d’Alari is a small agricultural estate of 50 acres located in the middle of the Var region of Provence, not far from Lorgues. The domaine is run by a mother-daughter team of Anne-Marie and Nathalie. Together they look after the vineyard, assisted by an agricultural worker and an oenologist. The owners adopted the Var as their home more than 20 years ago and since 1998 have been fully engaged in producing:
Fleur de California Pinot Noir Rosé 2015The 2015, dry weather and relatively mild temperatures were the norm. The lack of spring rains gave the vines a jump start on their production, yet this early start was somewhat negated by the absence of prolonged high heat spells during the growing period. In the end, the Pinot Noir for this Rosé was picked about a week earlier than normal. Sporting its newly upgraded package design, the Fleur Pinot Rosé has very typical Pinot Noir floral and fruit aromas that set the stage for a mouthful of fresh strawberry, raspberry, and honeysuckle. Perfectly balanced with fresh fruit and bright acidity, this Rosé will leave you with a mouth-watering finish that is very refreshing and palate cleansing.
Château du Galoupet Cotes de Provence Rose 2015This is a Cru Classe Rose. APPELLATION Côtes de Provence GRAPE VARIETIES 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5% Tibouren, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Rolle TASTING NOTES Pale rosewood color. Nose of citrus fruits and white fruits. Straight attack with a nice balance and a finish of red currant. FOOD PAIRINGS Monkfish and scallop terrine HARVEST Harvested between August 26 and September 19, 2014 VINIFICATION Maceration with skins, direct pressing, temperature-controlled fermentation at 61°F. SOIL TYPE Schistose clay slopes LAND 100 acres YIELD 50 hectoliters per hectare PRODUCTION 260,000 bottles
Château Soucherie Rose de Loire 2015This dry, mineral-driven Rosé is produced from Grolleau (70%) and Gamay (30%). The vines are planted to clay, sandstone and schist soils. The wine is a product of the direct press method of vinification and the elevage is in cuve with bottling occurring usually in April of the spring following harvest.
Château Roquefort Corail Rosé 2015This Rose is made from 30% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Cinsault. 10% Carignan, 10% Vermentino, 5% Clairette. Harvested between September 17th and October 10th. The wine was produced through direct pressing, partially destemmed. Certain varieties went through a cold maceraton for 8 to 24 hours before being pressed. Cold clarification and natural fermentation between 64 and 73F. Gravitational work in the cellar as often as possible. "Corail" is the domaine's rosé and it has classic Provencal characteristics. Pale coral color with a delicately spicy nose of citrus fruits, lively on the palate with notes of white fruits, citrus and a hint of fennel. Clean and refreshing finish. It is an ideal match for a range of Mediterranean dishes, from appetizers with garlic and olive oil in the mix, to seafood and even lamb dishes. It is perfect with wood-grilled meats.
Chateau de la Mulonniere Rosé d'Anjou 2015Very light on the palate with awesome fruit notes of red currant & red vine fruit. Little spicy on the palate with some serious structure. 40% Cab Franc, 30% Grolleau, 20% Cab Sauv & 10% Gamay.
Château Val d'Arenc Bandol Rosé 2016Its assembly Grenache 50% Cinsault 30% Mourvèdre 20% Alchemy Rosé from Domaine de Val d'Arenc is produced by direct pressing of black grapes . The harvest has previously undergone short maceration at low temperature to exhale all its fruity bouquet and retain freshness and elegance. The savor and keep the custom is to enjoy a rosy year. Of course the Domaine de Val d'Arenc lends itself perfectly. He then reveals its freshness and vivacity. Her dress is adorned with a translucent and shiny salmon. Its elegant aromas are those of summer fruits (peach, cherry) and sweet spices. In his mouth clean attack is highlighted by a nice freshness. Peach aromas and apricot exhale. Bandol rosé is probably the best rosé of France. He deserves to age to thrive and make you reach new horizons inside. By opening a Val Domaine Arenc rosé aged one to three years are discovered floral aromas of rose and peony accompanied by strawberry notes . This wine is ideal with exotic cuisine, in particular African-not just for the nod to the origins of the family ... but because the spices do not scare him and he appreciates weddings sucrés- salty. Try it also with Provencal dishes like bouillabaisse, bouillabaisse or a wolf braised fennel. Or with tapas and finger food during an aperitif or a picnic. Fontbrune Val d'Arenc rosé Grenache 40% Cinsault 40% Mourvèdre 20% (pic for display purposes only, see description for correct vintage)
Commanderie de Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose 2016
Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel 2016As a negociant and vinificateur (winery), Caves d'esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from château d'esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world's greatest rosé. As our objective is to obtain the best quality grapes and wines, we have created relationships with the local grape growers, committed beside Caves d'esclans, whose vineyards are treated with the same high standards of quality as are the vineyards of Château d'esclans.
Domaine de Triennes Rosé 2015 1.5LThis wine has a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers. Red fruit and notes of citrus contribue to the aromatic complexity. It has the harmony and elegance that has earned world-wide appreciation of the rosés of Provence. (Triennes rosé is the perfect accompaniment to a sunny summer afternoon).