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Rosés, from the Ridiculously Cheap to the Sublime

"These rosés are as different as reds and whites" one of last week’s tasters said. She was right.
June 26, 2019


The colors ranged from the almost white of the Cuvee Demoiselles to the deep violet tinged Ch Roquefort. Theflavors also ranged from crisp and tart to full and intriguingly nuanced Domaine Ott Ch Romassan .

With such a variety no one wine stood outs the favorite – many people bought a mixture and all were purchased roughly equally, except perhaps the Rose le Petit Balthazar, because of how good it is at $10

The Chermette Beaujolais Rose Griottes started closed but opened to a delightfully pretty, light wine that flaunted its Gamay grape.

Our perennially popular Ch. Roquefort Côtes de Provence Rose showed perhaps the best balance of round fruit, mineral base and lively acidity.

The Terre Nere wore a light skein of pastel fruit over a tracery of the volcanic rock in which it is grown. It has just arrived from Italy and will flesh out in the very short term.

One person felt that the 2018 Montenidoli Toscana Rosato danced on his tongue. I replied that it had slithered over mine. Whatever its locomotion, it showed itself a wine of deep layering and intriguing complexity. It did want food, very good food to match its worth.

Domaine Ott’s Ch Romassan was hors classe with respect to the others. It needed most of the tasting to unfold itself, but when it did it became fine in a way different from the the Montenidoli, a bit lighter and more graceful, pirouetting on and flirting with the palate.



2018 Patrick Hareng Cinsault Rose le Petit Balthazar; Aroma: heady, light rather full, lightly spicy; Mouth: clean fresh fleshy low toned, spicy acid full in the mouth, a touch of zing; Good Plus - Very Good 9.99; Mixed Case, 8.99; Case, 8.49

2018 Pierre Marie Chermette Beaujolais Griottes Rose; Color: pale gray rose; Aroma: heady rather sweet lightly mineral, rounded; Mouth: bright ripe clean rather herbal, rather fine, fleshy, settled acid finish; Very Good Plus 17.99; Mixed Case, 16.19; Case, 15.29

2018 Ch des Demoiselles Cotes de Provence Rose; Color: very pale rose; Aroma: light pretty, rather sweet clean, lean; Mouth: clean pretty lightly sweet light fine acid, firm, nice acidity. clean some lemony length, long; Very Good Plus 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2018 Ch. Roquefort Côtes de Provence Rose Corail- Organic, Biodynamic; Aroma: Fresh pretty rounded nicely fleshy & floral; Mouth: Clean bright a nice concentration, nice intensity, rather Broad sweet fruit, a light mineral undertone, finishes broad and deep; Very Good Plus 16.99; Mixed Case, 15.29; Case, 14.44

2018 Terre Nere Etna Rosato; Color: very pale tan; Aroma: lightly fruity, softly pretty, extraordinarily flowery plum; Mouth: clean acid rich sweet fruit, light in aspect, bright acid rather mineral finish, long;Very Good Plus 21.99; Mixed Case, 19.79; Case, 18.69

2018 Montenidoli Toscana Rosato Canaiolo; Aroma: initially closed, some rosy depth, opens slowly to a full heady musky nose with a touch flint; Mouth: fleshy rather juicy ripe overlying an appley acidity, with deep low toned fruit and underlying mineral, broad and firm on the long stony finish; Very Good - Excellent 24.99; Mixed Case, 22.49; Case, 21.24


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2018 Domaine Ott Ch Romassan Bandol RoseVery Good – Excellent 59; Mixed Case, 53.1; Case, 50.15


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