Each year, as the demand for the latest vintage of dry rose amps up earlier and earlier, our suppliers have followed suit, presenting them to us as early as January this year. I've selected some excellent 2019s, and here are our first thrilling arrivals:
2019 J. Mourat Collection Val de Loire Rosé , Loire Valley
I cannot think of a vintage when this Loire Valley Rose was not in our top 5 best sellers. It has such a following that one of our regular customers went so far as to have the adorable little owl on the front label tattooed on her wrist! That's a commitment if ever there was one right? The bottle always grabs people's attention first, a slightly shorter squat bottle that looks like something one might find in a lab but it is the wine that stirs up its fan base and keeps people coming back over and over again. Made from 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Cabernet Franc, 33% Negrette and 1% Gamay, all certified organic. Lots of mineral here again this vintage, more river stones and herbaceous than floral and fruit forward. Great burst of salinity right up front with a lighter body that shimmers more than flows across the palate and the finish is crunchy in a way that reminds me biting into under ripe melon. Lip smacking thirst quencher.
$14.99 per bottle
2019 Clos Beyless Côtes de Provence Rosé
The first time we brought this rose in we were a bit nervous that the blue bottle would make people uneasy, like they didn’t know what they were getting, but after a few vintages now people start coming in asking, “When is the blue bottle rose coming?” Made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault and put in a UV protectant blue bottle to ensure that the wine will be fresh, often even a couple of vintages later. Very pale, just barely pink, shimmering with fresh cut melons and delicate herbs. The 2019 is showing more weight and depth with a blast of ripe playful fruit on the palate with a super-fresh finish.
$23.99 per bottle
2019 François Chidaine Touraine Rosé, Loire Valley
Always feel a little silly writing up the wines from famed Loire Valley producer Francois Chidaine but, for those of you that have yet to have the pleasure that our long time customers enjoying for decades now, let me introduce you to Chidaine! Known the world over for his wines made from Chenin Blanc in Montlouis and Vouvray, Francois also makes a daily drinking line under his Touraine label. The Sauvignon Blanc is impossible to keep in stock and his blended red fits the bill for those that like their reds a little light and wild. 2019 has given us a much fuller Rose than in vintages past, more body and less acid but still retains plenty of crunch. Made from Grolleau, Pinot Noir and Gamay. Easy, affordable, made by one of the best. What's not to love?
$13.99 per bottle
2019 Domaine Audebert Bourgueil Rosé, Loire Valley
When consulting my tasting notes for this rose all there was, in all caps, was, “YES!” We lost our minds over this Loire Cabernet Franc Rose two vintages ago, less so last year so we passed. Upon tasting with the importer, this wine was looking at a 50/50 chance. Guess you can tell from the all caps and the fact that I am here writing about it now that is hit it out of the park. Deep, super aromatic and saturated with Loire Valley Cabernet Franc wildness. No doubt what this wine is mad from and that is what makes it so compelling. Layers splashed all over the palate and a floral finish that goes on forever.
$18.99 per bottle
2019 Domaine des Grillemonts Saumur Rosé, Loire Valley
I love those pretty, delicate, slightly peachy and floral roses from the South of France. I do. I mean, who doesn’t but, gotta confess a naughty lust for the broader shouldered, more mouth filling Cabernet Franc based roses from France’s Loire Valley. Guess that is no giant surprise as most of my most beloved wines come from the Northern regions of France but there is just something so compelling about the roses from Loire. This Saumur rose from Grillemonts is on the more delicate side of the handful of Cabernet Franc roses we see. This pretty wine is racing with the perfume of wild flowers and fresh cut melon. Plenty of tang and citrus with a bright and zippy finish.
$17.99 per bottle
2019 Vignobles de Ramatuelle Côtes de Provence Rosé Tibouren
Vin de Provence à Ramatuelle, France
If you are a rose/wine nerd, the name of this wine might tip you off as to what the primary variety is. If it does not, let me introduce you to Tibouren, an obscure red grape mostly grown in France, in the south of France, and a little bit in Italy where it is known as Rossese. The roses we see, (which are few) made from Tibouren have a more earthy and dried herb quality to them and that comes through on this flirty little rose as well. Some tangy and vibrant fruit with a playful salinity and sturdy zip of fresh acidity on the finish. Pretty serious stuff and at half the price most of the Tibouren roses go for.
$16.99 per bottle
2019 Chateau Coupe-Roses Minervois Rosé, Fremellant
France's Minervois region is much more famous for their hearty, feisty and bold bodied red wines but we've come across a number of brilliant Roses from there as well. Made from Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah all organically grown. The aromatics are much more on the mineral or stony end of the rose spectrum, less melon or bright berry, this is more flinty with the fruit providing more of a background softness. Not a "serious" wine per se but a wine that more thirst quenching and moth watering than playful and fruity. I love this rose with seafood, shellfish and it is perfect for summer salads and grilled veggies.
$15.99 per bottle
2019 Castelnuovo Bardolino Chiaretto Classico Rosé Ca’Vegar, Veneto, Italy
Made from classic Amarone varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese this easy drinking Rose is fleshy and herbal which makes it a great partner for meaty tomato based dishes on the table. Bit floral with some pomegranate and blood orange. There is plenty of lift and a tingle of fresh acidity on the finish.
$16.99 per bottle
2019 Domaine Ollier Taillefer Faugeres Rosé Les Collines, Languedoc, France
Wow! Explosive, generous fruit comes bounding from the glass here! If summer had a smell this might be it. Grown in France's warmer Faugeres appellation in the warm and somewhat untamed region of Languedoc. Made from organically grown Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre this is a wine raging with personality and assertion. Bigger body, more grip and more length this wine can hold up to richer foods, grilled goodies, pates and aggressive cheeses. Super fun and just 1,500 cases made.
$14.99 per bottle
2019 Folk Machine Gamay Noir Rosé
Such a fun and expressive, vibrant Rose of Gamay! Light color and texture, great burst of tart pomegranate and stone fruit with just a tiny scrape of citrus zest. Loads of youthful nerve and energy to hold up to a wide variety of foods, especially charcuterie and cheese plates.
$16.99 per bottle
2019 Broc Cellar Love Rosé, California
80% Valdiguié | 14% Zinfandel | 6% Trousseau
The fruit was destemmed and pressed into stainless steel tank. All three varieties fermented together just over 30 days. Spice comes from the Zinfandel, acidity from the Valdiguié and texture from the Trousseau. This is one of those "glug glug" wines meaning you can just drink it without having to contemplate too much. Chill it, pop it, (or pop the top on the cans, we have those too) sit back and soak it in.
$8.99 per can
2019 Margerum Riviera Rosé, Santa Barbara County
One of our best selling roses for the past two years and it is on course, already to be a hit again this vintage. Made from Grenache, Counoise and Syrah this is a classic. Full of lively California fruit, ripe and giving with just a little more texture. Not a mineral style rose but still dry and drinking like a ray of Summer.
$19.99 per bottle