A few months ago I wrote about Domaine Saladin’s red wines. Produced by two sisters, Marie-Laurence and Elisabeth, these biodynamic wines have been grown on their family’s estate continuously since 1422. The two reds we have at UG, the Loi and the Paul, are truly fantastic, the type of wines that people seek out and feel lucky to have found. We know we feel lucky that Elisabeth brought them to us this winter.
As we stood there with Elisabeth, she weaved a web of intrigue around Domaine Saladin’s rosé wine – Tralala! She spoke so glowingly of it, she had a sold on story alone. She was visiting during a warm streak, one of the many we had, and TJ and I were dying for a sip of rosé. Unfortunately, their bottling was held up because the weather was so cold in France. They were ready, they just needed the temperatures to cooperate.
Our shipment of Tralala may have been delayed, but it was oh so worth the wait. Made from Cinsault and Grenache Noir grapes, this is a saignée method rosé, meaning it has been bled off of a Domaine Saladin red wine. It’s always so shocking to me how different a rosé and the red wine that it is made from can taste. Particularly, grenache is not my personal favorite red varietal, but I love rosé made from grenache.
The Tralala is bright and fresh tasting. It’s more of a full-bodied rosé but without being too red wine-ish. Its flavors are rich with tons of bright cranberry, strawberry and watermelon. It’s also high in acid, which wakes up your palate and gets you thirsting for more. We drank it the other night with our first burgers off the grill, homemade pickles from Morning Glory Farm, and a tasty Greek salad. It was an easy task to drain the bottle.
Tralala is a bottle that hits on all the important levels – it’s a fantastic wine with a compelling story that tastes of its place. I hope you’ll stop by and pick up a bottle while we still have some in stock!