Pink Don't Stink 6-pack v.2020, Volume 2
A rosé worth discussing is a dry one. This simply means that the grape's natural sugars have all fermented into alcohol. Nothing more, nothing less. Once that happens the final wine becomes a refreshing and delightful example of really, really light colored red wine--red wine that's okay to drink cold, and drink often. In fact, I think rosé has completely turned a corner and is firmly in the mindset of the wine consumer. For perhaps the first time in a 25 year wine selling career I sold rosé all year last year. That's right, folks were jonesing a little summer reminder in January and February. Now that's an idea to embrace!
This is Volume 2 for 2020, a mix of my favorites of the year from France, with a token shout out to Catalan Spain. Here they are:
La Camarette Armonia Rosé 2019--You didn't think I would skip this one this year did you? A perennial favorite around here is this Provencal pink, nice and bone dry, and ready for anything.
Chateau de Brau Cabardès Rosé 2019--A brand new entry into the 6-pack this year, and one that is typically drunk with impunity in the cafés and wine bars of Carcassonne. Cabardès is a crazy appellation, requiring the use of both Mediterranean grapes (like Grenache and Syrah) and Atantic grapes (Cabernet and Merlot) in all its wines, red or pink. The result is a rosé with unusual complexity considering the $15 price tag. Delicious.
Pierre Martin Sancerre Rosé 2019--One of the mountain peaks of rosé for my money comes from an appellation far more known for white wine (and red wine too), than for pink. This pale, yet intensely-aromatic rosé of Pinot Noir is a finely tuned beauty. Save this one for one of those meals you work on all day!
Puits Compostelle Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018--Not to be outdone but the prior wines, Emmanuel Rouquette's Pinot Noir Rosé from about 30 miles upstream on the Loire, is equally fabulous. Technically in Burgundy, but spiritually a part of the Loire, I find this Pinot a little more rich and structured, given away by the darker, almost garnet color. A great pink for red wine lovers.
Laguille Caprice de Fruit Rosé 2019--Gascony. Probably France's best source for bang-for-the-buck wines today. Whether red, white, or pink, there are just no better deals to be had. This one is your "quaffer" of the bunch, still bone dry, but lively, refreshing and full of fresh fruit. Make it cold and let it fly!
Terra Remota Ales Roses 2019--I first tried this wine while eating Tapas at a small bar in the beachside town of Begur, maybe the Costa Brava's handsomest village. The wine perfectly washed down the patatas bravas, braised mushrooms, and a bit-sized ham omelette. Sounds a little like breakfast, I know, but when in Spain...