Yes, I have had the Beaujolais nouveau rosé for 2016 in the store, but this is the first regular bottling to hit the shelves and a very popular bottling as well.
You all know how much we love rosés in the store, they just suit the North Carolina climate so well. What better to drink on these warm “winter” days right now, and pink is a perfect color for Valentine’s day as well.
Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris
The Fontsainte Gris de Gris is consistent every year and I really like the aromas of white peach, dried flowers, orange blossom notes on the nose. Not to mention the smooth and vibrant on the palate. A blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir and bits of Carignane, Cinsault and Mourvedre. The family has been making wine here since the 17th century.
Wines like this represent the great value the south of France can present the wine consumer with, even the rosé is hand worked in the vineyard, produced through the saignee method and the malolactic conversion blocked to preserve the freshness of the wine. In the range of styles, this bottling has a little more length and persistence than the Houchart. It is drinking elegantly well now but will start to really flesh out by the end of the summer, so Another fantastic value at $16.
Wow, it is February and going to hit 70 degrees today. It certainly feels like Spring is just around the corner, so the timing seems right to present one of the best selling rosés in the store. Additionally, it seems appropriate to offer a “pink” wine before Valentine’s day.
This wine, the Houchart Rosé, is the best selling rosé in the store. There are two reasons for this. First, the price is excellent at $13 a bottle, even better by the case with 10% off. Second, and most important, this wine is flat out delicious, see the tasting notes below. It is expected to start arriving in March and I am taking pre-orders now to try and insure I get as much of it in the cellars of those who want it as possible.
From our in house Rosé Expert, “This rosé has fresh strawberries, bright red fruits, a definite thirst-quencher. It is the quintessential Provencal rose that satisfies all – for the uninitiated, the oenophile, the porch-sitter, the pre-party sipper. Someone’s suspicious of “pink” wine? This will convert them. It is lively, classic, pure, unadulterated, fresh, delightful, and it always disappears in one sitting. There is no question that this rose will be sold-out before summer hits. And it is not unusual to order a case for yourself, and then a case for that annual barbeque party in August. Stow it away in your basement, and pull a bottle out throughout the year without any guilt of guzzling this bottle with your friends because of its incredible price.”
The only “challenge” about this wine is getting enough! It sells out every year, so please please, if you like it, stock up a little. Again, it is $13 a bottle and $11.70 by the case. Just email me back with the quantity you would like and I will email when they start arriving in the store.