To me, Denis Jamain’s sunset-hued rosé always contains an Alsatian tinge. While firmly rooted in Reuilly’s Kimmeridgian limestone soils—the same as Chablis—it has the silky viscosity, stone fruit, and floral notes reminiscent of Alsatian Pinot Gris to go along with the refreshing acidity and minerality I love in Loire whites. This unique combination pleases year after year.
Many rosés can delight on their own, but a great one is as enjoyable at the dinner table as it is on the patio. And Terrebrune’s Bandol rosé is most definitely great. The leanest, driest of our Bandol rosés, it features a distinct herbal note that shines with food. A bottle of the 2020 paired with grilled steelhead trout, roasted green beans, and buttery steamed carrots was so blissfully delicious that it made up for my kids bellyaching about having fish for dinner.
Can a rosé be rugged? Maybe I’m projecting here, but the first sip of Maestracci’s Corsican rosé—made from Niellucciu, Sciaccarellu, and Grenache—evoked images of berries growing in the island’s craggy, mountainous interior. A sniff conjured hot granite and wild herbs. The finish is as brisk as a breeze blowing in off an alpine lake. I think I’ve found the perfect wine for a camping trip.
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