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At this point in the summer, we always receive a new crop of late-season rosés, most of which benefit from longer fermentations and aging, bringing more complex, deeper flavors and great expression of terroir. These are great food pairings with lighter summer fare, and with fish and meats off the grill as well - and many will drink beautifully for two to three years, gaining in depth and interest. (Most wines are in stock, all others arrive by July 30th)
A few favorites: Marcel Richaud makes some of the finest natural wines in the southern Rhône but his superb rosé is seldom seen outside of France. We were able to obtain some of the 2016 which was fabulous and we're very happy to offer the wonderful 2019 Vin de France Rosé - it's a complex and joyful Grenache-based wine - it wil drink well over the next 2 - 3 years, don't hesitate to grab some - 20 cases for the US, only at Chambers Street!
Speaking of the southern Rhône, some excellent rosés are made in Gigondas, and we think the finest is from our friends Dany and Carole Chastan at the Clos du Joncuas - their 2019 is a full-bodied, supple and elegant wine that is a perfect pairing with grilled tuna, and pork and lamb as well. Only 10 cases for the US, also only at Chambers Street!
Of couse we love the great Cabernet Franc rosés from the Loire and a special favorite of ours is the vibrant Bourgueil from Stéphane Guion in Benais. Organic since 1964, the estate produces superb wines on the limestone/clay soils, and this year's rosé is perhaps his best ever! The color is a lovely pale pink and the raspberry and red currant fruit is supple, complex and refreshing with a great finish. It's an amazing value at $14.99, and will drink beautifully through 2021, case purchases are recommended!
For something completely different we go to the Languedoc and our friend Thierry Navarre who loves to grow old and forgotten grape varieties on his mountainside slopes of brown schist. His rosé this year is made from young vines of Ribeyrenc, an ancient variety he is rescuing - and for good reason as the wine is light but full-flavored and has only 10.5% alcohol. This is a truly distinctive and refreshing wine that will quench your thirst for the rest of the summer....
We've been extremely excited about the fantastic Italian rosé selection this summer, and the two on this email are not exception. The Ausonia Cerasuolo d'Abrruzo from Atri is packed with mouthwatering red fruits. Because of Montelpucliano's depth of color, only a portion of the wine macerates with the skins, but this small amount still lends a fantastic dark cherry shade. All fruit is picked by hand from vineyards planted to clay and limestone soil. To the West, our friends at Lecci e Brocchi have created another vintage of the sublimly nuanced, rather delicate Tuscan rosato, Il Meticcio. A blend of six different grapes grown within Castelnuovo Berardenga and fermented naturally, this wine shows supreme elegance on the nose, while the palate delivers a broad moutfeel with flavors of cherry and lemon.
In the United States we are seeing a trend of darker, more savory rosés! The Roselana from Pearl Morissette is an excellent example where the winemaker blended direct press Pinot Noir with Gamay and Merlot that were vinified as still reds adding depth and texture to the wine. Over on the West Coast Martha Stoumen crafted a Rosato of Nero d'Avola, inspired by the deep rosés of the Mediterranean who see an equally warm and sunny climate. Further north Kelley Fox has been working with extended skin-contact fermentations for white grapes and this year created a beautifully textured, earth-driven rosé of Pinot Gris, whose pink-tinged skins can be extracted to this deep-brick shade.
Whether you're looking for a denser and bolder rosé or something refreshing and delicate, we urge you to consider Spanish Rosado. The Ameztoi Rubentis Rosado from the Basque country is herbal, salty and ever so slightly effervescent, a wine ideally suited to these oppressively hot days. For something a bit broader, darker and bolder, look to Alfredo Maestro of Ribera del Duero, whose Amanda Rosado is exceptional in this vintage: made from direct-press Garnacha Tintorera, it bursts with sappy ripe red fruits, limestone minerality and refreshing acidity.
We'd like to mention a few of our returning favorites that are exclusive with Chambers Street and that offer fantastic value and quality: From the Baudry's neighbor in Chinon, Patrick Lambert, his beautiful 2019 Chinon Rosé at $14.99, the biodynamic Creve Coeur CDR Rosé from Pablo Hocht - a beautifully complex, subtle and refreshing wine at $14.99, and our perennial favorites from biodynamic farming in Provence, the Domaine Les Fouques La Londe Cuvée Estelle $19.99 and the Cuvée de l'Aubigue $16.99.
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(Was $18.99) Marcel Richaud is one of the great winemakers of the southern Rhône, an early convert to organic farming and a great champion of natural vinifications with minimal SO2. This is an exciting arrival at Chambers Street as this scrumptious rose is rarely seen in the US. Made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, it's a beautiful, full-bodied wine that will accompany a wide variety of cuisines, especially grilled meats this summer. The aromas are complex and pretty showing raspberry, peach and citrus peel with hints of melon and spice. The palate is ripe and supple with creamy wild-strawberry, raspberry, peach skin and citrus - just lovely! The finish is long and refreshing. Serve with a Salade Nicoise, chicken and pork dishes or a burger off the grill. This is highly recommended for those who like some flavor in their rosé, and will drink beautifully over the next two years! David Lillie
This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink/orange color, aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, blood orange, peach skin and rose. Full palate with silky raspberry, peach, citrus and mineral flavors and firm acidity, beatifully balanced and refreshing. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth, and citrusy acids. This gorgeous rosé is still young – it should open up nicely over the next two to three years. It's elegant and delicious now and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. A great rosé to enjoy all year-round!
Tavel, the warm, Grenache-based rosé famously espoused by AJ Liebling, is perhaps more suited for the table than a light quaff on the patio. A darker pink than your typical salmon-hued wines of Southern France with a palate to match, Tavel, if you'll forgive the idea, is a more "serious" rosé. The organically farmed Manissy 'Cuvée des Lys' is dark-fruited with ripe plum and garrigue on the nose, with the spicy warmth of sun-kissed Grenache on the medium-bodied palate followed by a hint of pleasing tannic bitterness on the finish. Served cool, this savory richness makes it a rosé especially suited for grilled meats, big flavors like tapenade, and sheep's milk cheeses on a late summer night.
(Was $14.99) Thierry Navarre's new Ribeyrenc Rosé is simply sensational, unique and refreshing! Tasted at La Dive Bouteille last winter, we loved the subtle raspberry and peach fruit of this light and distinctive rosé. At 10.5% alcohol it's a perfect hot weather thirst-quencher! (Ribeyrenc appears to be an ancient grape originating in the Languedoc, possibly related to Cinsault, last grown in the 18th and 19th centuries, and now revived by Thierry and a few other growers). NB: This is the only 2019 Rosé that we have from Thierry Navarre, and the label is somewhat confusing! Despite the fact that it says "Vin d'OEillades" on the front, this is in fact the Rosé of Ribeyrenc. The production of this micro-cuvee was so small that the decision was made to reuse the same purple label.
Our review from July 2020: Of course we love the great Cabernet Franc rosés from the Loire and a special favorite of ours is the vibrant Bourgueil from Stéphane Guion in Benais. Organic since 1964, the estate produces superb wines on the limestone/clay soils, and this year's rosé is perhaps his best ever! The color is a lovely pale pink and the raspberry and red currant fruit is supple, complex and refreshing, remaining light but with lovely complex fruit, herbal notes and a particularly long and focused finish with firm acidity. It's an amazing value at $14.99, and will drink beautifully for many more years, case purchases are recommended!
From a parcel of Pinot Noir in the commune of Morogues, in biodynamic farming since 2006. Very pale pink color. Subtle, lovely aromas of floral-tinged raspberry with citrus and peach. The palate is very light but with good concentration of pure berry fruits and a bit of exta ripeness in 2019, with mineral flavors that are lifted by crisp acidity. The finish is long and elegant. This is a superb rosé for those seeking subtlety and balance, highly recommended!
The Thomas-Labaille Rosé "Authentique" is from Pinot Noir grown on the Kimmeridgian limestone hills of Chavignol. Lovely very pale pink color, pretty aromas of red raspberry, tart strawberry, citrus and melon with a bit of extra depth and ripeness due to the warm sunny conditions in the 2019 growing season. The palate is very crisp and fresh with candied red fruits, citrus and stony acids that continue in the juicy and very mineral finish. This is one of the raciest rosés you can find, very elegant and refreshing - serve quite cool on a hot day with anything grilled, or just sip and enjoy....
For Chambers Street acolytes, the Chevrot brothers need no introduction. They are two of the good ones, making really delicious wines from some of the less forgiving terroirs in the Cote de Beaune. We are always big fans of their rosé and the '19 is a banger. The fruit profile leans distinctly pink-red, starting with green strawberries and ending up somewhere around a watermelon Jolly Rancher. It's got plenty of energy and drive. I could rhapsodize further, as this is the kind of rosé I really love drinking in great quantities but it would be superfluous. Just have some. There will be no regrets. Sam Ehrlich
This delicious Pinot Noir rosé is made from 30 to 60 year-old vines on classic clay/limestone soils in Marsannay. With a floral and deeply red-fruited nose, the 2019 Domaine Collotte Marsannay rosé is exuberant, verging on effusive. Wild cherry and rose petals give way to a cool citrus peel aromas. Somewhat rich, the racy, medium weight palate shows hints of cherry, herbs, and a hint of mineral funk. It's long and savory with a pleasing hint of cherry pit on the lively finish. This should be wonderful on warm summer evenings with a variety of lighter dishes.
If you have not heard of Pierre-Henri Rougeot, you'd be in good company. The Burgundy echo chamber tends to circulate a handful of names around, creating far more demand than those estates can produce and driving prices through the roof. It's unfortunate, as there are dozens of domaines making some of the best wines this region has ever seen on a consistent basis. The Rougeot wines are a case in point. This Passetoutgrains rosé from the generous 2018 vintage is Technicolor wine, full of cherry skin, crushed strawberries and orange bitters and terrific length and weight. It's aged in old oak and has an extra dimension of texture that is usually missing in the sea of commodity rosé that's out there. This is lovely wine. Sam Ehrlich
Was $19.99) According to the producer, this wine is dedicated to animals known as "meticcio," or "mixed breed" in English. The estate has a beloved horse named Tiberio that is a meticcio. However, most animals with this heritage are less fortunate, and often abandoned, so this rosato is made in their honor. The wine is also a meticcio, coming from Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Alicante, Foglia Tonda, Colorino, and Canaiolo Nera. In the glass, the wine is a pale shade of rose gold. The nose has a soft scent of candied cherry, freshly blossomed white and pink flowers, and crushed white stone. A subtle but very elegant nose. The palate is more assertive, with tart red cherry and lemon zest. The mouthfeel is broad, with a touch of richness that lasts just a hint longer than the length of a sip. Very refreshing. David Hatzopoulos
From guyot trained Montelpulciano vines planted in clay and limestone soils. Fruit is picked by hand in the beginning of October. A portion of the wine macerates for 5-6 days to get color and structure. Alcoholic fermentation begins spontaneously in stainless steel tanks, followed by malo. The wine is a shade of deep cherry, reflecting the flavors and structure of this fantastic rosato. On the nose, there are full aromas of strawberry, cherry, raspberry and a hint of mocha. The palate has similar flavors of mixed red berries, with an additional accent of wild herbs. A touch of acidity freshens the wine's full texture. On the first day I had the bottle open, the wine was gentle with a soft richness. On the second day, the wine became pleasantly juicy. An expressive, flavorful, but thirst-quenching member of the Ausonia lineup. David Hatzopoulos
(Was $24.99) Amanda comes from Alfredo Maestro's old vines of Garnacha Tintorera, planted on clay-limestone soils at about 850m of elevation. While this is certainly a rose wine, it's color and red fruit flavors come from the red-hued flesh of the grapes, rather than from the skins: the grapes are pressed directly, without contact with the skins. This yields a deeply colored but translucent wine, with notes of cherry and raspberry on the nose and an electric red fruit palate with delicate tannins and a vibrant seam of limestone minerality. An outstanding rose wine with lots of character.
This dry, crisp, slightly effervescent rose is a testament to the Ameztoi family's long history of producing txakoli in Getaria. This rose is made from Hondarribi Beltza and Hondarribi Zuri grapes, grown on sand and clay soils and fermented in steel tanks with indigenous yeast.The 2019 is a great example of Txakoli, with plenty of salty character and a delicate green herbal note complementing fresh watermelon and strawberry. Perfect for these sweltering late-July days, or for pretending you're by the sea any time of the year. Ben Fletcher
A wonderful wine from the Aegean island of Lemnos. A blend of 90% Muscat of Alexandria and 10% Limnio, from certified organic, non-irrigated vineyards. Only rare treatments of sulfur and copper occur. Planted between the years of 1972 and 2015 to volcanic soils with sparse limestone 150 meters above sea level. After being harvested by hand, the Muscat fruit macerates for 5 days on the skins. Natural fermentation begins before malo. Separately fermented Limnio is added before bottling. Compelling in color, the wine is a hybrid shade of orange and cherry. The nose is gorgeous, with grapefruit zest, lemon grass, black pepper and tart red berries. The palate also carries a tang of red citrus and cherry, along with a touch of spicy clove. Good acidity, and very, very light tannin. A real treat to drink. Honest, after writing this, I want a glass. David Hatzopoulos
This delightful Chinon Rosé comes from Patrick Lambert's 6 hectares of organic vines in Cravant, around the corner from his friend and mentor, Bernard Baudry. Hand harvested from 20+ year-old Cabernet Franc vines on gravel and sandy clay soils over limestone. The 2019 is just delightful, showing a very light pale pink color and lovely aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is ripe and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, a bit dryer and lighter than the 2018, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and will open up nicely through the spring and summer and will be quite delicious through 2021. (March 2021 - this is yummy new inventory just arrived from Patrick's cellar) This is a fabulous value and highly recommended! David Lillie
(Was $13.99) The Creve Coeur "Coucou" is a beautiful direct-press rosé made with old vines of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. The 2019 shows a very pale onion skin color with floral aromas of raspberry, peach, citrus and stone. The palate is very light, silky and elegant with subtle raspberry fruit with hints of melon and earth, finishing with nice length of mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. This is a very lovely wine at a great price! David Lillie
Domaine les Fouques 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. The "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé, from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle grown on the unique terroir of "Côtes de Provence - La Londe." Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more complex expression of fruit and terroir. The 2019 is a subtle and beautiful wine with a bit more Rolle (Vermentino) than usual in the blend, showing a very pale pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath peach, wild strawberry, brown spice and citrus peel. The finish is refeshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself. David Lillie
"L'Aubigue" is a generously round and fruit-driven rosé made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Yves Gros and his family have been practicing Biodynamic agriculture at the domaine since 1991, and this meticulous care for their soils shows in the exquisite mineral depth of this cuvée. The 2019 is a beautiful pale salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, raspberry, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is supple with a dense mineral core. Flavors of peach, strawberry, and nectarine coalesce over cool herbal notes akin to licorice. The finish is long, suave and awash with citrus and stone, hinting at a nascent complexity that should reveal itself after a few years of cellaring. Another fantastic "Aubigue" Rosé that we will happily sip alongside salads, mild cheeses, and ceviche this summer!
A deliciously dark and savory rosé from Ontario! The 'Roselana' is made from Pearl Morissette's newest acquisition, the Redfoot Vineyard. Since Francois took over the farming there he has accelerated their conversion to organics, and continues to be the only organic grower in the area. This year's blend is 87% Pinot Noir, 6.5% Gamay and 6.5% Merlot. Interestingly, the Pinot Noir was made as a direct-pressed rosé aged in concrete, but both the Gamay and Merlot were vinified as still red wines, the Gamay in old foudres and concrete, and the Merlot in steel, before blending the three together. The result is a very tasty mixture of bing cherry, ripe wild strawberry, fresh savory herbs, potting soil, and a touch of menthol on the finish. This is a rose for red wine drinkers looking for something a little lighter for these hot summer days. Michelle DeWyngaert
There are still not many Portuguese grape varieties grown in California (or outside of Portugal for that matter) but the vines of Tinta Roriz from the Matthew Rorick Farms, and the Souzão and Touriga Nacional from Fox Hill prove to be extremely compelling year after year. For this bottling, everything is direct-pressed and aged in polyethylene containers; the Tinta Roriz provides bright red-fruit notes and lots of acidity, and the Souzão and Touriga Nacional add some structure, texture, and an herbaceous quality.
The 2019 Rosato comes entirely from the non-irrigated, organically farmed Benson Ranch Vineyard in Ukiah and is made in the old Italian style referred to as "vino di una notte", which is made by pressing the grapes whole-cluster and leaving them on the skins and stems overnight. Because the berries are small they pack in a a lot flavor, and the maceration adds color and texture making this wine a bit of a cross between a rosé and a red. Only a tiny quantity of the rosato was made this year so we only have six bottles! Martha describes this wine as having, "enticing aromas of dried flowers, cranberry, and agave; surprising high elevation characteristics with lean acidity and appealing texture."
An unlikely grape to find in California, Martha Stoumen came across Negroamaro (found almost exlcusively in its native Puglia) in the Fox Hill Vineyard and decided it was perfect for this year's rosé blend of half Negroamaro, half Zinfandel! The Zinfandel comes from the King Vineyard in Suisin Valley and is whole-cluster pressed and lightly racked and the Negroamaro is foot-stomped and allowed to soak with the skins overnight before pressing into neutral barrels, which she prefers for rosés to create more rounded edge on the palate. Martha Stoumen makes some of my favorite rosés each year because of their rich texture and salty, savory quality! Michelle DeWyngaert
This is an earthy summer wine from Kelley Fox! The Pinot Gris comes from ~30 year-old vines grown on one our favorite vineyard sites: the Maresh Vineyard in Dundee Hills, Oregon. While Pinot Gris typically makes light, crisp, white wines, if the juice is left to macerate on the skins for twenty days, the result is a brilliant brick-red color and additional depth of flavor and structure. The nose has a savory earthy quality upfront, like fresh turned soil and a touch of cumin, followed by juicy red apple, rose petal, and ripe strawberry. The palate shows more red apple, quince paste, white pepper and solid base of grippy tannins and a tangy red-berry finish. Michelle DeWyngaert
The Dogma is back! A fascinating and singular rosé, this is all Blaufrankisch from three prized parcels in the Ungerberg vineyard, close to Lake Neusiedl (Neusiedlersee). Grapes are carefully sorted and destemmed. Indigenous yeast fermentation, and aging in stainless steel, along with a portion aged in old oak and amphora. There are rosés that I rely on for summer quaffing and don't expect the world from, and rosés that transcend the category, and stand out among my favorite whites and reds. This is certainly the latter! A complex and textured rosé with notes of rhubarb, sour cherries, and plums, and an lovely evolution in the mouth and glass. -EL
Pale salmon robe. Fresh and luminous on the palate with wild strawberry, cranberry, shiso leaf on the nose. The lightweight palate (bantamweight?) offers bright hedge fruit and pomegranate flavors with an impossibly stony core. How can something so light carry some much mineral tang? Each sip is a geology lesson. This one is for all you rockers! At 11% abv this is a fantastic sipper for when the days grow torrid. Highly recommended from both a refreshment and compelling minerality standpoint. John McIlwain
For fans of the Puzsta Libre, or fans of Claus Preisinger, or anyone who likes delicious rosés... the Rozsa Libre is here! Mostly Zweigelt, with a bit of Sankt Laurent, fermented and aged in stainless steel, with no malolactic fermentation. Noticeably lighter than the 2018, the new vintage is super fresh, with a hint of strawberry on the palette, and overall addictively thirst quenching. -Eben
A blend of mostly Zweigelt with some Cabernet Franc, from the Kamptal region in Austria. Weszeli has been farming biodynamically for close to decade and will be certified as of the 2021 vintage. The 2019 rosé is lovely, fresh and balanced. A fine candidate for drinking on its own, it has great balance and a bit of mid-palate weight that should make it a great accompaniment to summer meals, herb and tomato salads, and the like. -Eben
Pinot Noir from limestone soils in the Pfalz, this rosé is a perennial favorite! Crushed strawberry, cherry blossoms, orange zest, and Morello cherry on the nose. The mid-weight palate is redolent of cherry pit and fresh cut melon, with a savory back end and sneaky acidity lending freshness on the juicy and persistent finish, with just enough gravitas to make this more than just a summer sipper. John McIlwain
Though we have not yet had a chance to try this vintage of the Belle Naturelle rosé, considering how much we all loved the previous year, our expectations are very high! The Jurtschich family is one of the leaders of the natural wine movement in Austria and all of their vineyards are certified organic, fermented spontaneously, and made without additives. This bottling is a blend of Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are fermented whole and then stored on the lees for a few months in neutral oak. If last year was any indication, this is a plush, textural rosé that will be gone before you know it!