From the Vine

May 2017 Urban Sampler

“It’s a Rosé Soirée!

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

This May it’s a Rosé Soirée, and just in time for Mother’s Day! The country that comes immediately to the fore, boasting a multi-hued range of pink wine would be none other than France and her Mediterranean Coast! From Roussillon to Rhone, the Pyrenees to Provence – there is no larger garden of rosés. This sampler of Rosé Mediterranée is sure to offer a little something for everyone and all of your spring-time affairs!

2016 Domaine de la Chapelle, St. Victor; Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé (Provence, France)

Domaine de la Chapelle Saint Victor comes from a picture perfect sweet spot where the foothills of the Alpes de Provence meet the Mediterranean Sea. This quintessential Provençal Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. Summertime honeydew and cantaloupe notes are refreshed with crunchy green watermelon and subtle white peppercorn, making this a perfect match for sweet summer vegetables, fresh off the grill.

2016 Château de Montfaucon ‘Domaine les Gardettes’ Vin de Pays du Gard Rosé (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Named for the two guard towers of the castle at Montfaucon, ‘Les Gardettes’ Rosé comes from vineyards situated just opposite Chateauneuf-du-Pape along the Rhone River. This blend of Cinsault, Counoise, and Grenache delivers an abundance of ripe and stewed pit fruit and woody herbs making it the finishing ingredient for a weeknight niçoise salad.

2016 Château l’Ermitage, Costières de Nîmes, Rosé (Rhone, France)

Tucked away into the southern-most appellation of Rhone, Costiéres de Nîmes is building a reputation for its fresh and vivacious wines. This rose, made from Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, boasts an intense pink hue and an explosion of fresh alpine strawberry and cherry aromas with lively acidity.  Match this up with bloomy cheeses like camembert.

2016 Hecht & Bannier Rosé (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

This rose hails from Saint-Chinian, one of the oldest wine producing regions in the Languedoc. This blend of high-altitude Syrah and Grenache provides a lush profile of cherry and raspberry along with lots of mandarin and tropical fruit. This is a kismet match for curry-anything. Chicken Tikka anyone?

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