Ladies and gentlemen, this could very well be the best Terrebrune rosé ever produced! Okay, maybe we make such declarations with the arrival of each mouthwatering new vintage, but this time it feels especially true. The vigneron, Reynald Delille, points to the pristine condition of the grapes at harvest as one of the keys to the success of 2019, and indeed there is a harmony to the sun-kissed fruit, floral overtones, and gentle salinity that makes glass after glass hard to resist. Breezy, elegant, invigorating, and gracefully balanced throughout.
This qualifies as rosé?! The color is so pale it looks more like water than your average pink wine . . . But if only this would come out of the tap! With that thought, let’s take a moment to properly entertain the fantasy of ice-cold Corsican rosé flowing from the faucet on demand. Mhmm . . . yeah. Now, back to reality. Here are some quick tasting notes: Delicate, ethereal aroma—gently floral. Rose water, citrus zest, blood orange. Round and airy on the palate. Bright, clean, pure. Crisp finish. Slightly salty. Delicious. Dangerous. Disappeared.
Here is a Mourvèdre-based rosé from rugged and rocky limestone soils in an arid, windswept pocket of southern France. Ring any bells? If you guessed Bandol, try again! This broad-shouldered Languedoc beauty could easily be taken for its Provençal cousin 140 miles to the east—that is, until you see the price tag. Yet this is anything but a copycat: a stellar, albeit tremendously undervalued terroir, plus the skilled hand of veteran vigneronne Isabelle Champart give this Saint-Chinian plenty of bold character of its own.
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