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With the Nor'easters of March finally behind us, this week's heat wave reminds us that summer will come after all, and that it's time to start drinking rosés! Not just any rosé, mind you, but the real rosés we love at Chambers Street - most from organic farming and vinified naturally, not like the industrial plonk that shows up on the shelves at other stores. Whether you prefer the light and subtle style of the Sulauze "Pomponette" or the deep and tangy Irrouleguy from Domaine Ilarria, we have a rosé for you - please peruse today's list and call or email for any advice on the pink wine that perfect for you!
This delightful Chinon Rosé comes from Patrick Lambert's 6 hectares of organic vines in Cravant, around the corner from his friend Bernard Baudry. Hand harvested from 20 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on gravel and sandy clay soils over limestone. The 2017 shows lovely aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is tart and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now in a tart and refreshing style but will soften nicely through the spring and summer and will keep well into 2019. Only 120 cases made - it's a fabulous value and highly recommended. DL
The Baudry Rosé undergoes a slow fermentation with wild yeasts that sometimes takes a long time to finsh - this year it went quickly and finished dry and refreshing at 0.6 grams RS/Liter, with nice ripeness at about 13% alcohol. The grapes were "too beautiful for rosé" said Matthieu - it's a lovely wine but of course they don't make enough so please a 6 bottle maximum purchase, which won't last long...(Don't worry, full case orders are now OK and highly recommended!)
Pinot Noir grown on the limestone hills of Chavignol. Lovely very pale pink color, pretty aromas of red raspberry, tart strawberry, citrus and melon with a bit of extra ripeness in 2017. The palate is very crisp and fresh with candied red fruits, citrus and stony acids that continue in the juicy and very mineral finish. This is one of the raciest rosés you can find, very elegant and refreshing - serve quite cool on a hot day with anything grilled, or just sip and enjoy....
Marcel Richaud is one of the great winemakers of the southern Rhône, an early convert to organic farming and a great champion of natural vinifications with minimal SO2. This is an exciting first for Chambers Street as we've never seen this scrumptious rose in the US before. Made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, its a beautiful, full-bodied wine that will accompany a wide variety of cuisines, even grilled meats this summer. The aromas are complex and pretty showing raspberry, peach and citrus peel with hints of melon and spice. The palate is ripe and supple with creamy wild-strawberry, raspberry, peach skin and citrus - just lovely! The finish is long and refreshing. Serve with a Salade Nicoise, chicken and pork dishes or a burger off the grill. This is highly recommended for those who like some flavor in their rosé! David Lillie
This well-known family estate produces excellent Tavel from certified organic vineyards and includes Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc and Mourvedre! The 2017 Lafond Tavel is a lovely wine - fairly full-bodied as Tavel Rosé tends to be, but with nice freshness and very pretty fruit. The aromas are tart cherry and raspberry with citrus peel, peach and rose. The palate is round and supple with cherry and strawberry fruit, with citrus and mineral notes that linger on the long finish with refreshing acidity. Sip this smooth and delicious rosé by itself or serve with Salade Nicoise and grilled foods. DL
Karina and Guillaume Lefevre are a marriage of two warm climates and personalities: she's from Brazil, and he's from Marseille. Based in the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, they cultivate nearly 30 ha of vines. Certified organic, they are also incorporating biodynamic practices into their vineyard work. This vintage's rosé is a blend of 60% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Vermentino, 15% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. All grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The 2017 shows pretty aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry with hints of rose, peach and citrus. The palate is round and a bit lighter than previous vintages, but shows lovely berry and stone fruits - perfect served quite cool on a hot day. Only ten cases left for the vintage (as of 05/22) - so don't delay to put some aside for the summer.
This is a consistently lovely Provencal rosé from a wonderful estate near Les Baux, certified organic for more than 30 years. (www.gourgonnier.com) Lovely aromas of berry fruits, peach and citrus. Refreshing, light-bodied palate with raspberry, citrus and mineral flavors finishing with crisp acidity. Showing well already, this should improve throughout the summer and will accompany a salade nicoise, chicken, lighter grilled meats.
A blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Grenache, the wine shows pine needles, a hint of resinous underbrush, wild strawberry, fresh melon on the nose. Medium rich palate with stony core, plum, salty peach skin, garrique, and spice flavors on a long tactile finish with the classic saline and savory character that define classic Bandol rosé. While a fine pairing with bolder foods currently, this has the elements that bode for still more compelling drinking over the next five years and beyond. John McIlwain
"This is one of my fovarite rosés" said Eric Asimov in the NY Times (referring to the 2014) and for good reason, as this bright and beautiful blend of Cabernet Franc and Tannat is a vibrant and refreshing wine that pairs well with salads, white meats and grilled foods all year round. The 2016 shows a bright pink/garnet color and high-toned aromas of ripe red currant, tart cherry, rose, citrus and earth. There is luscious cherry, red currant and cranberry fruit on the palate with earth, mineral and citrus flavors that continue in the very long fresh and juicy finish. This full-bodied rosé is drinking beautifully now and will cellar nicely for three to five years. Highly recommended! David LillieBut what if we consider rosé as a wine, rather than as a prop? Who wouldn’t want a rosé like a 2009 Domaine Ilarria any time of the year? This $17 wine, a shimmering, translucent garnet in summer sun or winter snow, comes from Irouléguy in the Basque country, about as far southwest as you can go in France without crossing into Spain. As fierce as rosés ever get, it’s made of tannat and cabernet franc, and it tastes like liquid rock, combined with iron and blood. I love this wine, and it was terrific recently with roasted duck and wild rice
Serge Hondet at Domaine Tinou makes a tiny quantity of lovely dry rosé from Cabernet Franc grown on his 3 hectare organic estate in the southern part of Jurançon. The wine shows a very pale pink color with delicate aromas of raspberry and red currant. The palate is light and bone-dry with subtle flavors of red fruits, citrus and rosewater that continue in the long finish. A bit like the Baudry Chinon Rosé, it will accompany terrines and patés, chicken and pork dishes. And while its delicous now, don't hesitate to put some away for next summer... David Lillie
100% Braucol from the Geddes family, who have been working biodynamically since 1999. Nice and dry it is, with a mineral finish. There's a bit of bright red fruit encountered in the attack, and some blood orange and spice notes. It's a lot of fun and complexity in a bottle for only $13.99! This would be great with some fish or meat on the grill. Maybe it's a bit early to be thinking about grilling, but we're ready! Eben Lillie
This beloved little Pet-Nat is back just in time for the warm days ahead. A blend of organic Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, and Côt from the talented Damien Delecheneau in Touraine. The vines are around 80 years old and were planted in the clay and limestone soils by Damien's great grandfather. The 2017 is drier than past vintages, but the exquisite lacy minerals and delicately balanced flavors of wild strawberry, sour cherry, and plump raspberry are as charming as ever. Amanda Bowman
Lise and Bertrand Jousset began the "Exilé" project with fruit purchased from nearby friends who share their commitment to organic farming. The "Exilé" rose is a pétillant made with 100% Gamay from 40 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, and it's one of our favorites. The 2016 is decadent with coastal aromas of salty pineapple core, fleshy melon, almond skins, and lilac. At 12% it is almost completely dry with a lacy mineral structure framing rich flavors of bosc pear, creamy pineapple, and subtle hints of white tea and orange peel. The finish is long and fabulously mineral. Serve with salade niçoise, cheese, or as a life-affirming aperó after a long day. Amanda Bowman
Rose á Lies is a beautiful Petillant Naturel Rosé from Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Made from 40 year-old organic Gamay and Grolleau vines grown on sand and silex soils over limestone. Fermented in used barriques, the wine is bottled at 15 grams of sugar and finishes at less than 5 grams. The wine has toasty aromas of red currant and raspberry with creamy red fruits on the palate balanced with bracing acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing and long - a perfect Pet Nat for any special or everyday occasion!
Organically-farmed Blaufränkisch grown on limestone (kalk) soils outside of the town of Jois in Burgenland, Austria. Refreshing notes of juicy raspberries, ripe strawberries, and cantaloupe mingle with bright acidity and a crisp mineral finish. Pair with a large helping of moules-frites, a rare tuna burger, fried chicken, you name it! Cari Bernard
Pale pink in the glass, the nose hints at a stony minerality confirmed on the palate. This blend of Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Pinot Noir is crisp with scintillating acidity and flavors of fresh green and red strawberries, Seville orange, white raspberries, white stone, and lemon juice. A touch more giving than the 2016 vintage, and still incredibly brisk! Cari Bernard
Pale pink in the glass, the nose hints at a stony minerality confirmed on the palate. This blend of Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Pinot Noir is crisp with scintillating acidity and flavors of fresh green and red strawberries, Seville orange, white raspberries, white stone, and lemon juice. A touch more giving than the 2016 vintage, and still incredibly brisk! This would be a refreshing start to your holiday evening! Cari Bernard
Our favorite Pinot Noir rosé from the Pfalz returns! The 2017 vintage boasts good fruit with a saline mineral cut; flavors of wild strawberry, tart lemon zest, orange oil, peaches, and sour cherries are vibrant and punched up by the mouth-watering acidity. Cari Bernard
The Ronchi di Cialla Rosato is made entirely from Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and in the few years that is has been produced has quickly become a feature on our shelves every spring. It is certified organic, fermented on native yeast in steel tanks, and bottled after a few months on the lees. Crisp and bright (a relative rarity for an Italian rosato) with flavors of red apples, watermelon and a light floral tone the wine finishes pithy and just slightly bitter. Great as an aperitivo it would also be well-suited for salmon (fresh or cured), cured cheese or olives, light salads, or duck prosciutto. Andy Paynter
Keeping up with demand for Espelt rosé is a full-time job! Certified organic from a family winery in Emporda, Catalonia, this bone-dry, bouyant, and refreshing rosé of 100% Garnacha continues to wow us with its value and deliciousness. Notes of crushed stone and wild flowers on the nose lead to a tangy palate of citrus zest, blood orange, crushed berries, and sea spray. A delicious accompaniment for squid and tuna. Ariana Rolich
What a great thirst-quenching rosé from Rubentis! A blend of Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, the wine displays notes of tart currant, rhubarb, and light apricot fruit with beautiful oceanic saline undertones. With a touch of spritz, the wine is vibrant and full of energy. Drink it as an aperitif or pair it with fresh fish and salads. Caroline Coursant
Gonzalo Gonzalo owns a small estate in Rioja Alta, where he practices organic and biodynamic farming. No chemical treatments are applied to the vineyards and Gonzalo is a proponent of less is more. This fun rosé is a blend of Tempranillo (80%) and Garnacha (20%), planted on mixed soils of sand, marl, clay and limestone. The wine is aged in underground cement for 8 months. The resulting wine is a fresh and vibrant rosé with a beautiful medium pink hue. On the nose, the wine smells of garrigue, wild red raspberry, strawberry, and rhubarb. The palate is crisp with bright acidity and pretty minerality. Pair it with seafood, grilled Mediterranean vegetables and cheese. Caroline Coursant
Steve Edmunds has a way with Gamay, confirmed each year by the energy and depth of his red and rosé Bone Jolly wines. 2016 is light-bodied and fresh, taut and bright, with tingly acidity, tart cranberry, juicy sour cherry and citrus, and salty mineral earth. We look forward to every new vintage from Edmunds St. John. Let the adventure continue! Ariana Rolich
Fresh, vibrant, and light, this is bright and energizing, with loads of red fruit and a fine dusting of minerality. From gamay grown in Arroyo Seco taken directly to press with very little skin contact, this wine had a natural and cool fermentation. Light in color, with fresh cherries and raspberries bursting from the glass. Pair with honeydew melon, fried chicken sliders, or gazpacho. Andrew Farquhar
Single vineyard Mourvedre, Contra Costa, sandy loam, organically farmed (not certified), spontaneous fermentation, pressed off immediately, stainless steel fermentation, neutral barrels. Restrained nose — in a refined way, mint and melon fruit on the palate, juicy, refreshing finish...
Grapes grown in the Dry Bone Ranch vineyard at 2,700 feet in the Sierra Foothills. Like it's companion sangiovese rose, this is pressed using high pressure, to extract as much bold character as possible from the skins. Bold tart red fruit intermingles with some garrigue, a touch of candied rhubarb, and black pepper spice. Incredible concentration of fruit and tart, pithy, mineral character. Bottled with less than 10ppm sulfur. Andrew Farquhar
A mellow peach color in the glass, this rose is a little softer than Rootdown's other offerings, but it exhibits much of the herbal, mineral, and tea-like aspects associated with this grape. Trousseau planted in 2004 is gently foot-trod upon arrival in the winery, followed by spontaneous fermentation and cold-stabilization. Herbal, with fine green-apple fruit and a smudge of earthiness, this light and elegant rose is a great food wine. I had with hummus, tabouleh, foule, and baba ghanouj, with which it went famously. Andrew Farquhar
Sun-drenched and scorchingly refreshing, this sangiovese rose sourced from a small 2 acre vineyard on Duncan Peak in Mendocino is the color of blood orange flesh in the glass. Hand-harvested, the grapes are then squeezed with high pressure to get a lot of flavor from the skins. Juicy and ripe, with incredible acidity, an herbal freshness, and powerful blood orange character, this is a supercharged rose with such concentration it feels like drinking a glassful of rubies. Andrew Farquhar
"We have long desired to produce a rosé of Aglianico. With its striking acidity, powerful fruit and firm tannins, we know it would make a beautiful, aromatic yet serious rose in the right site. Gianelli Vineyard is situated in the Sierra Foothills on the way to Yosemite. Dark red partly metamorphosed volcanics recall the homeland of Aglianico. The warm days provide the right timing for a rosé pick here. The warmth curtails the grapes still powerful acidity and accelerates the ripening of fruit flavors so we can harvest for delicacy and brightness while still embracing the quiet power we expect from Aglianico.It was immediately whole cluster pressed to minimize color extract. It was fermented without additions in stainless steel and neutral wood. It completed MLF and was bottled in January. The wine is delicious, energetic, and nervy. It shows intense watermelon fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a suggestion of fine tannins that bring cut to the finish. The serious nature and structure of this wine not only calls out to the summer months but demands year round consumption." - Ryme Cellars