We can’t say this enough – rosé is not just a summer wine! Don’t get us wrong, we love a crisp bottle of rosé with an afternoon in the park, but your Christmas turkey and cranberry sauce pair just as well! Light and crisp rosé works as a refreshing counterpoint to what can be a heavy meal – the acidity cuts through the fat to keep your palate clean and the delicate flavours work well with lighter meats like turkey.
Roccafiore 2021 Rosato, Umbria, Italy
This 100% Sangiovese rosé comes from Umbria, right in the centre of Italy. Sustainably farmed and hand harvested, this wine gets a kiss of skin contact (45 minutes) before a wild yeast fermentation and 6 months maturation on lees. Pale pink with coppery shades. Fresh, savory aromas with delicate flavors of raspberry and pomegranate. The acidity holds the tension on the palate with a crisp mineral finish.
Retail $23.95 / btl
Jean Loron 2021 Rift 69 Gamay Rosé, Beaujolais, France
Something of a rarity – rosé from the heart of Beaujolais. RIFT 69 is crafted with absolutely no addition of sulphites from harvesting to bottling. Hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel to enhance freshness. Delicate aromas of red berries, peach and citrus. Fresh and thirst quenching. Perfect aperitif wine.
Retail $26.95 / btl
Château Pesquié 2021 Terrasses Rosé, Ventoux, France
From biodynamically farmed vineyards in the south of France, this blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah is fermented cool to preserve the fruity, floral profile. An array of wild strawberry and peach fruits intermixed with herbs and pine needle characteristics. Crisp and medium-bodied with a dry, lengthy finish, it’s a terrific rosé that’s going to shine at the dinner table.
Retail $24.95 / btl
Château Pesquié 2020 Quintessence Rosé, Ventoux, France
For those in the mood for something a little more indulgent, the Quintessence Rosé was borne from a collaboration between Olivier Poussier (Best Sommelier of the World 2000), Emmanuel Gagnepain (oenologist) and the Chaudière brothers of Château Pesquié. Certified Organic & Biodynamic, this blend comprises 70% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault & 10% Clairette, this wine is fermented and aged on lees for 12 months in a mix of concrete eggs and large, 600L barrels. On the nose, juicy ripe red berries, peach and cherry and spice. The palate has great density and consistency. This is a gastronomic rosé that fills the mid-palate with a refined bitterness that brings volume and length to the wine.
Retail $36.95 / btl (6 btl/cs)
*Only 5 cases available!*
Wines are sold in cases of 12 bottles unless otherwise indicated. Delivery charges may apply. Some quantities are limited, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the Wineries
Located near the medieval hilltop town of Todi (in the very middle of Italy – halfway between Florence and Rome, and smack-dab between both coasts), Roccafiore was founded in 2000 by Leonardo Baccarelli as an organic farm, restaurant & inn. In the rolling hills surrounding Todi, it’s an innovative project. The pioneering 15 hectare vineyard is planted to Grechetto di Todi, Trebbiano Spoletino, Sangiovese, Montepulciano & Sagrantino. But that’s not all; the 90 ha estate is also home to a drift (herd) of Cinta Sinese pigs (for salumi & prosciutto), as well as organic olives, grains and vegetables that supply the on-site restaurant. A solar installation supplies the electricity needs of the entire estate, including the winery and boutique hotel. Even the tractors run on biodiesel.
Maison Jean Loron
Today, Maison Jean Loron manages 10 different estates: three in the Maconnais region of Burgundy, and seven in Beaujolais. In 2016, the management of Jean Loron was passed down from Xavier Barbet to Phillipe Bardet, originally from Beaujolais himself he is an avid connoisseur and advocate of the region. Phillipe is married to a member of the Charlet family, so with this ‘succession’, Maison Jean Loron added the prestigious Domaine Bellenand, located in the heart of Solutré in the Maconnais. This domaine has been in the Charlet family for 4 generations. Additionally, the company owns 350 hectares of estate vineyards and purchases additional fruit from top growers for the value-driven Maison Jean Loron selection of wines. Always looking for innovation, today’s portfolio includes their natural ‘Rift’ wines made without the addition of sulphites from harvest to bottling.
Chateau Pesquié is a pioneering estate of the Côtes de Ventoux AOC (appellation established in 1973). The Bastide family purchased the estate in the early ‘70s, and reorganized the vineyards, preserving the best blocks (now close to 100 years old). Their daughter Edith and husband Paul Chaudière joined the Bastides in the mid 1980s, Paul’s family conveniently having 150 years of history in viticulture, and Paul’s father also being a professor of oenology in nearby Orange. In 1989, the family established their own cellars, and stopped selling grapes to the local co-op. Then, in 2003, Edith & Paul’s sons Frédéric & Alexandre assumed responsibility for the estate. Sustainably farmed since the 1980s, the estate moved to fully organic methods in the early 2000s, and now largely biodynamic.