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Rosé and More Rosé

by Anthony Lynch

Buy this collection 3 bottles

Rose on the beach.

Buy this collection 3 bottles

Buy this collection 3 bottles

Rose on the beach.
Rose on the beach.

2021 Bandol Rosé

Domaine de Terrebrune

France |  Provence

Discount Eligible $43.00

Rosé has become so fashionable it’s almost a brand, but as with any other wine, there is tremendous variation in style and quality based on production zone, the grape varieties involved, farming, and, crucially, winemaking. For all the carefree pleasure and refreshment rosé provides, remember that it can also be a serious wine that expresses a sense of place.
    Terrebrune’s Bandol epitomizes this idea of a terroir-driven rosé, from the nose of thyme and white peach, redolent of a Provençal summer, to its mouthwateringly salty finish, a reminder that the sea is just a stone’s throw away. For conclusive evidence that this is no ordinary rosé, save a bottle for five, ten, or twenty years—a pleasant surprise awaits.

2021 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris”

Domaine de Fontsainte

France |  Languedoc-Roussillon

Discount Eligible $20.00

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.

2021 Beaujolais Rosé

Domaine Dupeuble

France |  Beaujolais

Discount Eligible $19.00

There’s always more than what meets the eye when you open a bottle of wine from Domaine Dupeuble. It’s a credit to this 500-year-old family business that their whites, rosés, and reds are so utterly delicious and value-driven that we don’t often stop to contemplate such features as terroir, winemaking, etc. But when we do pause to consider those things, the wines become all the more impressive. This rosé, for instance, comes from vines up to seventy years old! As you might expect, then, the Dupeuble family treats these vines with the utmost care, fertilizing them with natural compost and harvesting them by hand. In the cellar, Ghislaine Dupeuble vinifies this cuvée without SO2, using only natural yeasts. The result is a pretty, round, and versatile rosé full of notes of red fruit, melon, and rhubarb. It finishes with a subtle herbal note and foodfriendly acidity.

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