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2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart   2016 Bieler Père et Fils Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé Sabine   2016 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris   2016 Chinon Rosé J. M. RAFFAULT   2016 Bandol Rosé La Bastide Blanche  
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2016 Côtes de Provence Rosé Domaine Houchart

Is Provençal Rosé the vinous equivalent of bottled sunshine? Is it the what's what of pink wines? Is it the cool, crisp compelling glass of vin rosé at the end of the rainbow? Yeah, probably so! Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé is among our favorite of the Provençal rosé wines each year. Fresh, bright, vivid with a gentle intensity of chalky berry flavor just bursting forth and a refreshingness that is just, ahhhhh ... Thank heaven for sunshine! Thank heaven for Provençal rosé!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

2016 Bieler Père et Fils Coteaux d'Aix‑en‑Provence Rosé Sabine

A quick whiff of this and it was like "springtime!" what with an immediate reminiscence berry and savory sun-dried herbs. One of our very favorite of Provençal rosé wines each year, 2016 Bieler Rosé Sabine is produce of 52% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cinsault and 3% Rolle (a.k.a. Vermentino). Provençal peach in color with alluring aromas that conjure a mélange of red fruits, say, wild strawberry, cherry and pomegranate with subtle hints of herbes de Provence; then, ultra-fresh flavors echo those same aromas on the tongue, crisp and refreshing for sure, but with a supple roundness of texture on the tongue that gives a tactual sense of satisfaction. Oh yeah!

$10.75 the bottle  $109.68 the case

2016 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rosé Gris de Gris

50% Grenache Gris, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre; let's call it light peach skin-pink in color with just fermented aromas hinting at yeasty crushed red berries and an underlying minerality; nervy and vivid on entry, delicately glycerol mid-palate feel then crisp, refreshing and invigorating with fresh powdery berry flavors on to the finish. Let the rosé season begin!

$16.25 the bottle  $165.72 the case

2016 Chinon Rosé J. M. Raffault

Jean-Maurice Raffault is the 14th generation of Raffault family owning vineyard and growing vines in the Chinon appellation. His excellent Chinon Rosé is produce of Cabernet Franc grapes planted across 10 hectares of sand and gravel soils at Savigny-en-Veron. The domaine practices lutte raisonée (sustainable) viticulture — the soils are either ploughed or planted with grass and no chemical fertilizers or herbicides are used. To enhance the wine's freshness, it is vinified using ⅔ pressed and ⅓ saignée juice. Fermentation is carried out at low temperature with native yeasts, and the wine is bottled in March following the harvest to preserve the bright and spicy red berry fruit. Most distinctive among our selection of rosé wines, its particular minerality, currant fruit and notes of pepper give it away as Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. Medium-bodied, classically dry, but not too much so. And a most pleasant change from the numerous selections from further south.

$13.75 the bottle  $140.28 the case

2016 Bandol Rosé La Bastide Blanche

A glass of Bandol Rosé can make the heart sing. A bottle between two so inclined can lead to singing and dancing on tables, to reveling in what might well be taken for paradise in the purity of the innocently purloined Provençal light. Produce of a preponderance of Mourvèdre, together with Grenache and Cinsault from vines some 30 or so years old on average, vivid peachy Provençal sunset pink with glints of azure blue and copper; alluringly fresh transportive aromas of berry and stone (at least a couple of our tasters imagined mountain pine); ample and most present on the palate, at once fine and savory with nerve of ripe ruby red pith and limestony minerality and (whither my thirst?) … ahh, Provence.

$22.50 the bottle  $229.56 the case

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