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We're happy to offer another fantastic group of "real" rosés to enjoy on your summer holiday - and all year round, many of which are available only at CSW! These beautiful wines are mostly products of organic or biodynamic farming and are fermented with wild yeasts, giving wines with more subtle, intriguing aromas and with more complexity and mineral character on the palate. They are great "food wines" that offer the delightful refreshment of good rosé with the ability to pair beautifully with an elegant summer meal. Of special note, the Les Fouques Cuvée La Londe and the Domaine Turenne "Gravoche" are two of the finest Côtes de Provence rosés, offering complex, distinctive fruit and fabulous length at quite reasonable prices. Also noteworthy is the arrival of the ever-popular Chinon rosé from Domaine Olga Raffault - this gorgeous bone-dry Cabernet Franc has become difficult to obtain and will disappear quickly! And we have to mention the miraculous "Bulle Rose" from Franck Pascal and Isabelle Carles at Jonc Blanc. After frost destroyed most of their crop, they harvested the tiny secondary grapes ("repousses") at 6.5 hl/ha and made this creamy Pet Nat with only 11% alcohol. It's insanely delicious!
And for those of you who love the distinctive rosés of Bandol, we offer a trio of these beautiful Mourvedre based wines, certainly among the finest rosés in the world...
All wines arrive by Friday, June 22
(Was $13.99) Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon. The palate is refreshing and dry with hints of raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, almond and stone. Eric's great farming, his natural vinification and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé. Highly recommended!
(Was $16.99) Domaine les Fouques has been has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. La Londe is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provencal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2017 is a beautiful wine, lighter and brighter than the 2016 in style. The wine shows a lovely pale pink/salmon color with elegant aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, peach and rose with hints of spice. The palate shows creamy raspberry, peach and red currant fruit with citrus peel and mineral flavors. The finish is long and refreshing with berry fruits, citrus and firm acidity, just lovely. This wine will gain complexity over the next six months and will drink beautifully through 2019. Highly recommended and a great value! David Lillie
The vineyards of Jonc Blanc were hit by a devastating freeze in April of 2017. From parcels that were 100% lost, the tiny secondary berries were harvested to make this amazing sparkling rosé! Yields were 6.5 hl/ha at 11% alcohol; bottled for the second fermentation at 25 grams of RS per liter, it has turned into a beautiful and complex Bulles Rosé. The wine shows intriguing aromas of wild strawberry, tart cherry, rose, orange peel and brioche. The palate is creamy, light and pretty with tart cherry, rose-water, citrus and melon with a soft, refreshing finsh...could I have another glass? DL
(Was $11.99) Thierry Navarre is one of the few people who still grow Oeillades - a nearly extinct grape that has a long history in the Langudedoc and is thought to be an old cousin of Cinsault. Thierry's Oeillades grows on the rugged mountainsides above Roquebrun in Saint-Chinian. The 2017 shows a beautiful wild strawberry and purple-tinged color in the glass. The nose offers abundant strawberry and orange aromas with delicate notes of lavender, cardamom and dried rose petals. The palate is light and wonderfully lifted with flavors of ripe strawberry, herbal tea, and refreshing exotic citrus on the finish. A balanced rosé with plenty of aromatic complexity and crunchy acidity to pair with a variety of dishes. We recently enjoyed this with Mediterranean-inspired fried food - a highly recommended pairing! Amanda Bowman
Michael Schmelzer of Monte Bernardi produces one of our favorite rosatos every summer. Rather than a pale, delicate wine, it is deeply colored and bold in character. Based on Sangiovese with small percentages of Canaiolo, Trebbiano, and Malvasia, the grapes are slowly fermented in oak with native yeasts. The wine is then rested for a full year in large oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It shows deep red fruit on the nose with ripe cherries and strawberries along with roses, red licorice, and sage. The palate is quite full, with a smooth texture balanced by crisp acidity. When tasted in the spring I wrote that this was a “crunchy, serious rose,” which I think sums it up quite well. Try it this summer with burgers, grilled fish, caprese salad, or don't be afraid to age it for a few years! Andy Paynter
Los Bermejos is a winery established on Lanzarote by Ignacio Valdera. Lanzarote is the easternmost island in the Canaries, and it completely covered by a layer of ash and lava. Here the vines grow struggling against the wind and the almost infertile soil, and are harvested at excruciatingly low yields. The 2017 Los Bermejos Rosado is 100% Listan Negro and shows notes of raspberries, strawberries and cream, guava, passionfruit, and pink grapefruit, all framed by a salty, volcanic minerality. Very complex on the palate, this rosado has great concentration and intensity, prominent acidity, electric grip, and a long, lingering mineral finish. Oskar Kostecki
Domaine Turenne, northeast of Bandol in Provence, produces this lovely rosé from 80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah, certified organic. The terroir is a unique bed of limestone and sandstone debris with sand/clay stones called "Gavroches" which bring a pronounced minerality and good drainage to the vines. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled with minimal SO2. The 2017 "Camille" is a pretty, very pale pink/orange color with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and citrus, with a hint of stone fruits as well. The palate is light and elegant with subtle berry fruits, a hint of citrus and stone, and has nice density and length. This is a light and lovely rosé for all year enjoyment, sipped by itself or with grilled fish, white meats, salade Niçoise and mild cheeses - and it's a fabulous value! David Lillie
Domaine Turenne produces beautiful wines in Provence through many years of organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. The elegant rosé Cuvée Gravoches is made from 70% Mourvedre with 15% Grenache and 15% Cinsault, similar to the blend in nearby Bandol. The 2016 shows a lovely bight pink/orange color and aromas of tart raspberry, orange peel, peach and brown spice. The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors underlying ripe berry and stone fruits - it's quite well-structured and very long, a young wine that will open nicely with aeration or with a few years of aging. A rosé of cuisine, serve with white meats, grilled pork with Provencal herbs, chicken in sauce, bouillabaisse, tagines and goat cheeses. David Lillie
The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move towards organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. The 2017 shows a bit more ripeness than the 2016 but remains crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, very dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more! (Quantities are limited on this beautiful rosé - don't delay!)
Jean-Paul Brun releases small quantities of this Beaujolais rosé each year, and it's always a treat. Strawberries, bright red fruit, and a tangy side that contributes to its joyful drinkability. The finish is mineral and crisp, with a very subtle tartness that keeps the impression of a flavorful but overall dry rosé. Eben Lillie
The Creve Coeur "Coucou" is a beautiful direct-press rosé made with old vines of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. THe wine shows a lovely pale pink/orange color with floral aromas of candied strawberry and cherry fruit. The palate is silky and elegant with nice density of raspberry fruit with hints of melon and citrus, finishing with mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. This is a lovely wine at a great price! David Lillie
Benoit Blet of Domaine des Terres Blanches, near Chinon, has created a subtle and delicious rosé in 2017, from organic Gamay grown on a unique terroir of sandstone. It's a "direct-press" rosé, fermented slowly with wild yeasts, showing delicate, complex aromas of raspberry and strawberry, with orange peel, stone and spice. The palate is bone dry with earth and stone flavors underlying lovely raspberry and cranberry fruit, with hints of peach and rose as it opens. The finish is silky and refreshing and quite long with berry fruits and mineral flavors. Lovers of the Baudry rosé will appreciate this delicate and delicious wine. "Accompagne les crudités, les viandes blanches et les charcuteries, ou tout simplement pour le plaisir de partager un verre entre amis" says Benoit - Serve with crudités, white meats and charcuterie or very simply for the pleasure of sharing a glass with friends." We couldn't agree more! David Lillie
Olivier Jullien is one of the brightest lights in the Languedoc. His farming and cellar work are meticulous and his wines express their terroir beautifully. His 2017 rosé, blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre, combines ripe fruit. wild savory notes with an incisive minerality. Dark pink robe and midweight on the palate with aromas of watermelon, raspberry, spice, and garrigue on the nose. Good density and drive with deep ripe watermelon, red fruits, limestone, salt flavors on the palate. More gourmandaise than glou glou, but compelling and an excellent companion to bitter salad greens with salumi and Parmigiano Reggiano. John McIlwain
This Pinot Noir rosé is a blend of the saignée from villages and 1er cru fruit in Maranges, a straight pressing of Hautes Côtes de Beaune fruit, and pellicular maceration of fruit from Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Pale pink, effusive on the nose with aromas of cherry blossom (of course), wild strawberry, cherry, and chalk. Palate is ripe, racy and juicy. Ripe stone fruit and savory herbal notes lend interest. Lip-smacking finish. This is nearly incandescent with bright fruit and crackling energy. A fabulous rosé for an aperitif or with dinner outdoors on a warm Summer evening. John McIlwain
What a fantastic Claret from Coutet! This Saint Émilion estate, certified organic since 2012, does not use any chemical treatments on the land and the results show on the quality of their wines. A Claret, the wine shows off a gorgeous dark pink color with purple hue. On the nose, the bouquet of juicy red raspberry, ripe strawberry, and dark rose petal notes is enticing. The palate is complex and luscious with notes of red berry fruit, yellow plum, wild flower and mint lingering on the finish, and with a beautiful texture and pretty acidity. Drink this wine by itself or with blackened salmon, light roasted chicken or steak tartare. Caroline Coursant
The Moussamoussettes is back! A Chambers Street favorite, this years rendition is a blend of Grolleau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet. Flavorful and vibrant, pulsing with ripe red berry fruit, yet still totally dry. A rejuvenating Pet-Nat from our friend Agnes and René Mosse.
Jean-Francois Deu makes beautiful wines on his biodynamic estate in Collioure, including this outstanding 2015 Rosé "Le Gourmand." The wine shows a pretty pink/orange color, with aromas of red currant and strawberry with hints of prune, orange peel, rose and spice. The palate is round and ripe with deep black cherry and strawberry liqueur, but nicely balanced by firm acidity and has beautiful length. Serve this full-bodied rosé with grilled chicken and pork or with an appetizer of olives, cheeses and charcuterie. Lovely wine! DL
A blend of Mourvedre and Cinsault, the 2017 Chateau Pradeaux is a punchy, complex, and layered example of Bandol Rosé. The nose offers beguiling aromas of watermelon, blood orange, and pink grapefruit peel with hints of garrigue. The rich, earthy palate displays a salty mineral character vying for attention with flavors of cut melon, nectarine, and roasted peaches. The finish is long, supple, and detailed. And while we may think of rosé's pleasures as fleeting, this will age beautifully in the mid-term as it gains even more complexity with time in the bottle. John McIlwain
Due to a very high percentage of Mourvedre in the blends, Bandol gives some of the world's most compelling and age-worthy Roses, wines that can age for decades. Terrebrune, a domaine close enough to the Mediterranean that the ocean can be seen from the vineyards, is no exception. Unlike the neighbor's vineyards, Terrebrune's are planted on Triassic era subsoil with burnished orange topsoil, which gives the wine a depth and minerality all its own. With a few years of age, this wine is a rare treat. The nose offers fresh, saline notes, as well as pretty peachy fruit. The palate broadens over the course of an hour open and offers richness and length. This is an adult Rosé, but crisp, fresh, and more classic than in some past vintages. Put this wine next to a meal of shellfish or a platter of crostini with Tapenade and watch it shine.
A blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Grenache, the wine shows pine needles, a hint of resinous underbrush, wild strawberry, fresh melon on the nose. Medium rich palate with stony core, plum, salty peach skin, garrique, and spice flavors on a long tactile finish with the classic saline and savory character that define classic Bandol rosé. While a fine pairing with bolder foods currently, this has the elements that bode for still more compelling drinking over the next five years and beyond. John McIlwain