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Chambers Street is proud and happy to sell delicious rosés of terroir that drink beautifully all year round! These wines, fermented slowly with wild yeasts, are often not ready until mid-summer and will show well in the late summer and into the follwing year and beyond. 2017 has been an excellent year for rosés in Europe generally, with a bit of extra ripeness, well balanced by crisp acidity and mineral flavors, and this end-of-season selection is particularly outstanding. Of special note is the return of our favorite wines from Provence made by our Biodynamic friends at Domaine Les Fouques and the organic wines of Domaine Turenne. The Les Fouques 2017 La Londe Rosé won another gold medal at the prestigious national Concours des Vignerons Indépendants and we urge you to try it. Stéphane Guion's Bourgueil Rosé is particularly vibrant and delicious this year - very little is produced so don't delay to grab some - and it will drink beautifully over the next two years. There are many superb late-arrivals in today's email, and please check out the delicious Pet Nat Rosés at the end of the list. All wines arrive by Tuesday, August 21.
Warning - these wines bear no resemblance to the insipid, inoculated, watery and characterless rosés that flood most stores in May and June. Drink them if you dare!
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
Stéphane Guion's superb Bourgueil Rosé will differ from year to year, even finishing slightly sweet in certain vintages. In 2017, however, the wine is bone dry and tartly refreshing showing subtle and beautiful aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, green apple and rose petal. The palate is light and scintillating but with nice density of raspberry and red currant fruit, with a long finish of stone and citrusy acids. Serve this refreshing rosé with oysters vinaigrette, salade Nicoise, fried or grilled fish, roast chicken or turkey and mild cheeses. We don't get very much, so grab some now, and save a few bottles for next spring. Thanksgiving? Absolutely - it will go with everything on the table....David Lillie
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! Even though it's low in alcohol, this wine has enough weight on the palate to pair well with turkey, stuffing and all the veggies on Thanksgiving. Amanda Bowman
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
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
This is one of our favorite Rosés every year - the 2017 Cuvée de l'Aubigue is a sensational wine and a fabulous value! Made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Biodynamic farming, wild yeast fermentation. Lovely light salmon color. The nose carries beautiful aromas of delicate strawberry and white peach, along with nectarine, pink grapefruit, and white blossom. The palate on the 2017 is slightly denser and juicier than the 2016, but it is still framed by good acidity and a hint of minerality, making this a crisp and delicious everyday summer rosé. Oskar Kostecki
A reserved Bandol rosè, primarily Mourvedre with Cinsault and Grenache. The Mourvedre is pressed and run off directly, the Cinsault and Grenache undergo 24 hours of skin contact. Certified organic grapes from the Bronzo family vineyard in Le Castellet. The 2017 has a coppery, salmon-colored robe. The nose, initially backward, offers an array of stone fruit and savoy herb notes, with garrigue and ripe peach aromas vying for attention with time in the decanter. The palate offers peach skin, orange oil, and earthy flavors leading to a long, persistent, sapid finish. This is newly arrived and should take a month or two to unwind. Better with a decant or a day open. (Happily, in mid-August the young Bastide Blanche has opened up and is beggining to sing it's complex and beautiful song of Bandol - drink now and over the next three years.)
The Domaine du Fresche is a certified organic estate in Anjou producing delightful, fresh, vivacious wines from Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Grolleau. This lovely rosé of Grolleau and Pinot Noir comes from hand-harvested fruit and is vinified with wild yeasts giving pretty aromas of ripe red currant, blood orange and strawberry. The palate shows silky, pure fruit - red currant with hints of watermelon and citrus and finishes with round red fruits and juicy acidity. A lovely wine and a great value. Thanks to Alain and Christine Bore at Domaine du Fresche!
Philippe Tessier, veritable master of Romorantin in Cour-Cheverny, presents this rosé from Pineau D'Aunis, an equally rare and elusive grape from the Loire Valley. It's delicate and mineral with a very pretty lightly floral nose (rose-water, orange blossom). A perfect accompaniment to the final months of summer. EL
From a small parcel in the southern Beaujolais on clay and silica soils over limestone. Direct press, one day maceration, wild yeast fermentation, no chaptalization, minimal SO2. The 2017 Les Griottes shows light herbal raspberry, rose and stone aromas. The palate is light but long with stone, raspberry and citrus fruit, crisp acidity and a nice mouth-coating finish. A lovely very dry rose with enough depth and character to accompany anything from oysters to chicken!
The Charvin Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé comes from a 1.5 hectare parcel planted to mostly Grenache and Cinsault. The grapes are grown organically and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The vines are planted on sandy soils with clay and galets roulés (the famous round rocks covering the soil of Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and are an average age of 40 years. The 2017 exhibits notes of strawberries and cream, raspberry and ripe peach. The fruit is balanced by a slight herbaceous character, a lingering mineral quality and steely texture. A perfect pairing for summer salads and days by the pool, yet I also wouldn't hesitate having this with some heartier fare: a tuna burger comes to mind. Oskar Kostecki
This rosé from Vacqueyras is a prime candidate for any summer grill and barbecue. Primarily Grenache (with 30% Cinsault), farmed without chemical products in the vineyard, hand harvested, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Winemakers Martine and Christian Vache vinify half of the wine for their rosé in the saignée (bleeding) method, taking juice from red grapes after about 10 hours of maceration and fermenting this separately. The other half is a direct press of partially de-stemmed grapes. Once fermented, the two wines are blended and aged on the lees for 6 months before bottling. The result is a wine of a beautiful pale hue that provides kick and crispness, brambly fresh berry fruit, and a touch of spice. Super dry, and satisfyingly refreshing, it's perfect with salads and snacks, and has enough body to stand up to richer, tangier flavors and grilled meats. E.L.
This is a crisp and vibrant rose from the French island of Corsica. From 25-year-old vines of Niellucciu which (per J. Robinson) is a red grape native to Corsica and is genetically identical to Sangiovese. The vines are planted in schist and limestone soils and are farmed using strict organic and some biodynamic treatments. Thomas Santamaria meticulously selects the grapes for this rosé during his first pass through the vines that will later be used to to make his Patrimonio Rouge cuvée . Like all of his wines, he allows the rosé to ferment with native yeasts in stainless steel with minimal added sulphur. The wine shows a lovely light pink in the glass with fresh aromas of ripe strawberries, peach skins, red cherry and stone. The palate is light and thirst-quenching with crunchy acidity and flavors of tart cherry, stone fruit and a slight note of bitter herbs on the finish. This is a classic and refreshing Mediterranean rosé that should pair wonderfully with grilled vegetables or salad Niçoise. Amanda Bowman
I loved the 2016 Amanda Rosado and can't believe the 2017 is even better! This wine is 100% Garnacha Tintorera from 60-year-old vines planted on calcareous clay soils, at 850 meters altitude in the province of Segovia. More concentrated than its preceding vintage, the 2017 Amanda is juicy with crunchy red berry, fresh cranberry, tart rhubarb, salt, crushed rocks and some floral and herbal undertones. With beautiful minerality, bright acidity, and medium body, the wine has a long finish. Pair this fantastic rosé with grilled salmon, chicken salad and Asian cuisine. Caroline Coursant
Romeo del Castello Vigorosa is a stunning rosato from Sicily produced by Rossana Romeo and her daughter Chiara Vigo. It is made from a selection of the estates oldest vines (some over 100 years old) that are harvested earlier than for the Vigo rosso for acidity. Vinified slowly with native yeast, the wine has a ruby red hue with flavors of cherry fruit, wildflowers, sagebrush, mint, and rich tones of ripe citrus. Fairly full bodied with bright acidity and soft tannins the wine has a toothsome texture with an elegant and very mineral finish. Try it with seared tuna, spinach pie, grilled sausage, or with any dish involving fennel and oranges.
Cantine Barbera, located in Menfi on Sicily’s southwestern coast, is producing wonderful wines from the indigenous varieties of the area like this savory rosato made from Nero d’Avola. The grapes are harvested before the sun rises to protect the acidity from the Sicilian heat, quickly destemmed, and softly pressed without skin contact. Fermentation is triggered with a pied-de-cuve and is conducted in steel where the wine further rests for three months with weekly lees stirring. To me it speaks as a classic Italian rosato: not overtly fruity, rather it is savory and herbal with a quiet backing of fruit. Briney notes come out on the nose with sage, mint and wild herbs over tart strawberry fruit and orange zest. The palate is fairly full with plenty of acidity and slight tannins with flavors of citrus pith, and strawberry fruit. This is a wine well suited to food pairing. I drank it alongside a pizza topped with olives, anchovies, wilted radicchio, and mozzarella but it would be great with charcuterie, olives, briney cheese, greek food, seared tuna, or lemon chicken. Andy Paynter
This 100% Garnacha wine is the perfect rosé for the summer! Bone-dry and refreshing, with a beautiful bouquet of tart red berries, ripe citrus fruit and light herbal notes, the wine is crisp and vibrant on the palate with superb minerality and good acidity. A fantastic rosé! Caroline Coursant
"Las Cañadas" is a blend of Bobal (90%) and Albilla (10%), planted in 1965 on clay calcarious soils. Established in Manchuela (a D.O. (Denominación de Origen) close to Valencia) since 2005, Juan Antonio Ponce practices organic and biodynamic farming. A proponent of minimal intervention, Juan Antiono harvests by hand and uses native yeast. The grapes are directly pressed in stainless steel and aged in 600L French oak barrels for six months. A minimal amount of sulfur is added at bottling and there is no fining or filtering. The result is a wine with mineral elegance and freshness, with a beautiful creamy texture, light bouquet of orange, clementine, strawberry and stone fruit with spice undertones - Las Cañadas is delicious! Drink this vibrant lovely rosé by itself, or with grilled octopus, tuna tartare, or any bright salad. Caroline Coursant
Our favorite Pinot Noir rosé from the Pfalz returns! The 2017 vintage boasts good fruit with a saline mineral cut; flavors of wild strawberry, tart lemon zest, orange oil, peaches, and sour cherries are vibrant and punched up by the mouth-watering acidity. Cari Bernard
50% Cot and 50% Grolleau, organically farmed in Vouvray by Julien and François Pinon. This is an elegant and very delicious Pet Nat that will accompany just about anything and is delightful as an aperitif by itself. The aromas are quite pretty with ripe raspberry and red currant with hints of rose and blood orange. The palate is fresh and creamy with raspberry and tart strawberry with a nice mineral kick and sappy fruit in the refreshing finish. Grab this before it's gone... David Lillie
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.