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Back in January of 2011, Eric Asimov published an article in the NY Times entitled "A Rosé Can Bloom in Winter, Too!" While dismissing the insipid rosés found in most stores, Mr. Asimov says "Good rosés are another matter entirely...and Chambers Street is that rare retailer that keeps an active supply of rosés throughout the year." A good rosé - made from grapes farmed with organic/biodynamic methods, harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and bottled after a bit of aging - can be a great "food" wine all year round, perfectly accompanying many of our favorite dishes. Chambers Street is proud of our great selection of rosés, wines with pure, complex aromas and beautiful fruit on the palate, with firm acidity and mineral flavors that pair well with any fairly subtle cuisine. And rosés are often great values as well, as evidenced by some of the delicous wines in this email for as little as $10.99! Pick a bouquet of rosés from this email to brigten up your fall and winter meals... And for Thanksgivng? Try this experiment - put a delicious ''real" rose from this email on the table for Thanksgivng, amidst some reds and whites, and watch the rosé disappear first!
(Was $11.99) Thierry Navarre is one of the few people who still grow Oeillades - a nearly extinct grape that has a long history in the Langudedoc and is thought to be an old cousin of Cinsault. Thierry's Oeillades grows on the rugged mountainsides above Roquebrun in Saint-Chinian. The 2017 shows a beautiful wild strawberry and purple-tinged color in the glass. The nose offers abundant strawberry and orange aromas with delicate notes of lavender, cardamom and dried rose petals. The palate is light and wonderfully lifted with flavors of ripe strawberry, herbal tea, and refreshing exotic citrus on the finish. A balanced rosé with plenty of aromatic complexity and crunchy acidity to pair with a variety of dishes. We recently enjoyed this with Mediterranean-inspired fried food - a highly recommended pairing! Amanda Bowman
(Was $13.99) Stéphane Guion's superb Bourgueil Rosé will differ from year to year, even finishing slightly sweet in certain vintages. In 2017, however, the wine is bone dry and tartly refreshing showing subtle and beautiful aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, green apple and rose petal. The palate is light and scintillating but with nice density of raspberry and red currant fruit, with a long finish of stone and citrusy acids. Serve this refreshing rosé with oysters vinaigrette, salade Nicoise, fried or grilled fish, roast chicken or turkey and mild cheeses. We don't get very much, so grab some now, and save a few bottles for next spring. Thanksgiving? Absolutely - it will go with everything on the table....David Lillie
(Was $13.99) Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon. The palate is refreshing and dry with hints of raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, almond and stone. Eric's great farming, his natural vinification and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé. Highly recommended!
(Was $16.99) Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. La Londe is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2017 is a beautiful wine, lighter and brighter than the 2016 in style. The wine shows a lovely pale pink/salmon color with elegant aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, peach and rose with hints of spice. The palate shows creamy raspberry, peach and red currant fruit with citrus peel and mineral flavors. The finish is long and refreshing with berry fruits, citrus and firm acidity, just lovely. This wine will gain complexity over the next six months and will drink beautifully through 2019. Highly recommended and a great value! David Lillie
"Rosé d'une Nuit" is an affirmation that Corsicans excel at rosé (not that there was any doubt). And while pink wine normally evokes summery images, this 100% Niellucciu-based rosé will be our go-to this winter. The 2017 is made using 20% saignée and 80% direct-press juice fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tank. The wine pours a deep magenta in the glass and the nose offers complex aromas of strawberry patch, crushed seashells, cherry pit, and sage. The limestone-rich soils imbue this rosé with firm mineral structure and bracing acidity. Flavors of crunchy red cherry, sea salt, and dried herbs linger on a long stony finish. A fabulous rosé to pair with cheese, charcuterie, or even hold for another year or two. Amanda Bowman
The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move towards organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. The 2017 shows a bit more ripeness than the 2016 but remains crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, very dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more! (Quantities are limited on this beautiful rosé - don't delay!)
(Was $19.99) The delicious "Il Meticcio" is a blend of Canaiolo, Malvasia and Ciliegiolo - a blend dedicated to their mixed breed dog "Tiberio." The wine shows a beautiful pink/orange color and aromas of red currant, cranberry, blood orange and rose, quite lovely. One finds bright red currant and tart morello cherry on the palate which is ripe and sapid but light and refreshing with stone and mineral flavors lingering in the finish with red fruits and citrus. Quite delicious now, this should drink beautifully over the next 12 to 24 months.
From Steve Edmunds, the soft-spoken Sierra Foothils legend, this Gamay rose is a fantastic thirst-quenching summer sipper with a surprising amount of complexity. Sourced from two high-altitude vineyards: Barsotti Ranch and Witters Vineyard, both in excess of 3,000 feet above sea level, this is a fine, crisp, aromatic, and decidedly linear rose. Gamay's classic cherry fruit is wrapped in a fine salinity that accompanies excellent mineral structure. Andrew Farquhar
This Pinot Noir rosé is a blend of the saignée from villages and 1er cru fruit in Maranges, a straight pressing of Hautes Côtes de Beaune fruit, and pellicular maceration of fruit from Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Pale pink, effusive on the nose with aromas of cherry blossom (of course), wild strawberry, cherry, and chalk. Palate is ripe, racy and juicy. Ripe stone fruit and savory herbal notes lend interest. Lip-smacking finish. This is nearly incandescent with bright fruit and crackling energy. A fabulous rosé for an aperitif or with dinner outdoors on a warm Summer evening. John McIlwain
Domaine Turenne, northeast of Bandol in Provence, produces this lovely rosé from 80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah, certified organic. The terroir is a unique bed of limestone and sandstone debris with sand/clay stones called "Gavroches" which bring a pronounced minerality and good drainage to the vines. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled with minimal SO2. The 2017 "Camille" is a pretty, very pale pink/orange color with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and citrus, with a hint of stone fruits as well. The palate is light and elegant with subtle berry fruits, a hint of citrus and stone, and has nice density and length. This is a light and lovely rosé for all year enjoyment, sipped by itself or with grilled fish, white meats, salade Niçoise and mild cheeses - and it's a fabulous value! David Lillie
Domaine Turenne produces beautiful wines in Provence through many years of organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. The elegant rosé Cuvée Gravoches is made from 70% Mourvedre with 15% Grenache and 15% Cinsault, similar to the blend in nearby Bandol. The 2016 shows a lovely bight pink/orange color and aromas of tart raspberry, orange peel, peach and brown spice. The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors underlying ripe berry and stone fruits - it's quite well-structured and very long, a young wine that will open nicely with aeration or with a few years of aging. A rosé of cuisine, serve with white meats, grilled pork with Provencal herbs, chicken in sauce, bouillabaisse, tagines and goat cheeses. David Lillie
Thomas Julien of La Ferme Saint-Martin makes this light and lovely rosé from organic Grenache and Cinsault grown near the Mount Ventoux. The wine shows pretty aromas of spiced strawberry, citrus peel and melon with a refreshing palate of ripe berry fruits with saline minerals. The very low SO2 level enhances the purity and freshness of the wine. Great served well-chilled by itself or with salads, fish, white meats and burgers this fall - and it's a great value at $10.99! David Lillie