In typical fashion, toward the middle of the summer, once our initial thirst for pale-colored, delicate Rosé has been quenched, the real Rosé heavy-hitters begin to arrive in the store. As temperatures rise, the color of these wines seems to deepen, the pale pinks of spring giving way to the deep, near-reds of summer. Of course this is a generalization as we continue to offer many excellent light-bodied Rosés. We hesitate to read too much into the release date of these wines, but we suspect late summer Rosés are more likely to ferment naturally and with their own yeast, their makers not in a rush to finish the wine, bottle, and ship to the states. Fortunately, while our mid-Summer Rosés may be, on average, a bit more “serious,” they are no less thirst quenching and enjoyable on a hot day, especially if you have the ability to barbeque as many of these wines are perfectly suited to grilled food.
Let us draw your attention to a few special favorites from the list below. From the south of France: Tibouren from Clos Cibonne in the Côtes de Provence, wines that are aged under a thin veil of surface yeast giving them depth and complexity; Mas Jullien and Mas Cal Demoura from two Languedoc masters; Chateau Pibarnon, a superb Bandol Domaine; a new wine from Chateau Pradeaux! From the north of France: the best release of Francois Pinon Brut Rosé we’ve tasted in years; Bourgeuil Rosé from our very own Stéphane Guion – a wine that is exclusive to Chambers Street Wines and one of the best values in Rosé to be found; Chinon Rosé from the lovely Olga Raffault. From Italy: wild yeast Rosato from Burlotto, Bonavita, Terre Nerre, and Cornelissen. The List goes on… (Let us also add that we have two Rosé tastings coming up: Rosé from the Neal Rosenthal portfolio on Thursday, 7/26, and an all-out Rosé extravaganza on Saturday, 8/4!) Salut! -SophieTweet