Summer of Rosé
The Rise of Rosé
Summer is in full swing: flowers, bees, swimming pools and yes, Rosé. Over the last few years we have noticed a dramatic increase in sales of the pink wine. The best French rosés from Bandol and Tavel must be purchased in January before they have even been bottled.
If you have a restaurant with a patio, a good rosé wine list is mandatory. Here at the girl & the fig we have been providing some of the best rosé the world has to offer, both French and domestic.
Some of my favorites this year have been the Bastide Blanche Bandol, made primarily from Mourvèdre and the Manissy Tavel Rosé that incorporates two of the lesser known grapes, Clairette and Bourboulenc. These wines are almost gone but don’t worry, we have reinforcements on the way, Rock Angel, the brother to Whispering Angel from Château d’Esclans, the 2015 vintage was one of the best and most balanced wines they have ever made. If you haven’t heard of Chêne Bleu yet, you will soon. They are making one of the best rosés in Vaucluse, France, flying under the radar of most American consumers but we have been on to them for years and our shipment is on the way.
“The grapes most often used in Provence for rosés are Cinsault, which gives the strawberry aroma; Grenache gives light cherry and other red fruit flavors and structure to the wine; Syrah for deep color, tannin and spicy dark red fruits; Mourvèdre gives structure and body with flavors of dark fruits, herbs and minerals.” Sharon deRham
Chêne Bleu 2015 Vaucluse
Light pink color to go with the perfumed notes of rose petals, framboise and strawberries. Elegant and complex, with a fuller body and wonderful berry nose and good acidity.
(91 points Jeb Dubnick - Robert Parker)
Chateau d’Esclans, 2015 Rock Angel, Côtes de Provence
Pale, barely pink with a youthful nose that is both fresh yet intense on the palate. It is crisp and refreshing with a long finish. Grenache grapes make this a big, bold & voluptuous wine. This wine will age gracefully over the next few years.
Hammell Wine Alliance 2015 El Crüe Rosé, Santa Barbara
Predominately grenache grapes, very aromatic, strawberries. Very, very limited production.
Kale 2015 Syrah Rosé, Sonoma County
A majority of Grenache and tiny bit of Mourvèdre from Kick Ranch and McGah Vineyard were racked to concrete egg for fermentation, with the intent of preserving freshness. Successful in that quest, this orange-pink wine is dry, tangy and well-integrated in terms of acidity, subtle in cranberry, dried cherry and orange, with a light, refreshing finish.