A simple Beaujolais in name and in price, Dupeuble’s rosé (and red . . . and white, for that matter) should not be mistaken for a basic bottle of wine. Sure, it is supremely thirst-quenching, as any self-respecting rosé should be, and it is darn fun to drink—we are talking about Beaujolais, after all. But consider that the Gamay vines here are up to seventy years old, and they grow in an intricate mix of granite, clay, and sandy soils. The outcome is a wine of real substance, with an extra dimension of depth along with an array of delightful flavors and textures.
Due to an unfortunate spring frost that singled out budding Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir vines, the new edition of the Laboucarié family’s beloved Gris de Gris features a higher proportion of Carignan and Mourvèdre in the blend than in previous years. As a result, vintage 2021 shows an ever-so-slightly more vinous character than in the past—there is wine in the wine, if you know what I mean. You’ll find a touch less tangy citrus and a bit more bright red fruit in the aromatics, but worry not: this delicate rosé is just as mouthwateringly crisp and eminently quaffable as we’ve come to expect over the last forty years.
It’s summer in Provence, and it is HOT. The swimming pool and an electric fan are my best friends, and come mealtime, it’s all about cool salads starring some combination of chilled cucumbers, tomatoes, garden lettuces, and just-plucked basil. To ensure refreshment, a bottle of Terrebrune rosé is in the fridge, the ideal match for a summery diet and the perfect antidote to the scorching sun. Its savory, herbal perfume echoes scents wafting in a gentle breeze outside, while the saline finish is an enticing reminder of the Mediterranean waters within view of Terrebrune’s vines.
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