Yes, we know. We know that it’s already the end of August, and due to those pesky “supply chain issues” you may have heard about, our rosés have thus far only barely trickled in, leaving our eager palates out to dry—literally. We are starved for rosé. But the good news is that the slow flow is no longer: the floodgates are finally open! Nearly all of our 2021 rosés are now in stock, and they were well worth the wait. A relatively cool growing season across France yielded zingier-than-usual wines marked by bracing acidity and crisp, fresh fruit from the Loire Valley all the way down to the Mediterranean. Highlights include Matthieu Baudry’s elegant, silky direct-press Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Trinquevedel’s robust, wild-berry-scented Tavel, and three Bandols brimming with the sunny scents of Provence. Also not to be missed are two very distinct biodynamically grown Pic Saint Loup rosés, and La Tour Vieille’s rare “Rosé des Roches” from the dramatic coastal escarpments of French Catalonia. May your patience be rewarded by raising a cold glass of delicious rosé high in the sky.
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Pic Saint Loup
Its intense aromatics brazenly translate the Pic’s rugged nature, and an almost chewable minerality brings to mind slabs of shattered limestone incarnated as energy, drive, and uncommon length on the palate.
As far as I know, Kermit has never explicitly asked Kuentz-Bas to craft a series of wines to keep us engaged, on our toes, and refreshed most every night of the week. But, as you’ll discover by sampling the wines in this collection, that is—remarkably—what this domaine has done...
Nearly all of our 2021 rosés are now in stock, and they were well worth the wait. A relatively cool growing season across France yielded zingier-than-usual wines marked by bracing acidity and crisp, fresh fruit from the Loire Valley all the way down to the Mediterranean.
Well, one bottle led to another, and before you can learn how to pronounce “Loire” like a true Frenchman, Paul had created four recipes to accompany and show off the wines from the four Loire wine regions.
Through their various bottlings, these three domaines contribute to a collection of Chablis marked by place, each reflecting a unique site and the commitment of a talented vigneron. They communicate the Chablisien goût de terroir—that unequaled aroma and flavor that can only come from Chardonnay grown in this chilly pocket of northern Burgundy.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
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