Friday Sips


FRENCH DRY ROSE FRIDAY SIPS
Today May 4 from 1:30 - 6:30
A bunch of new French Rose has arrived and tasted earlier this week so I changed direction and decided, what the hell, let’s open some before we head off to Europe in a few weeks. Drop by today to get your pink on with four excellent selections. There will also be a red open for those who think something will fall off of them if they drink Rose


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2017 PIRON BEAUJOLAIS ROSÉ
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Yes, they do make Rosé in the Beaujolais region and it is quite stimulating. Dominique Piron is proud of his wines, and proud of his heritage. The fact that Dominique is a 14th generation vigneron might have a small part to do with his pride and passion for the region of Beaujolais and his wines at the single Cru level are among the purest and most well-structured in all of Beaujolais and can age gracefully for years. I digress, so back to the matter at hand, this salacious dry pink wine...

One might think that Beaujolais Rosé is a new phenomenon but its roots actually go back to the 1950s when it was on local wine lists and up until recently was somewhat a confidential wine. This wine is from Gamay grapes from 40+ year old vines in two villages (Corcelles & Lancié) that sit just below the appellation of Morgon in a patchwork of soils containing granite, clay and limestone, all which give it nuance. This Rosé is akin to sticking your tongue in a light socket, on a frozen flagpole or anywhere else that where it shouldn’t be. Then again, it could be akin to putting your tongue somewhere it should be because this wine is all about pleasure. A pink treat that reveals vivacious notes of bing cherry and red currant on the nose along with underlying dusty, powdery aspects. From the first sip, it really makes your mouth water with sculpted fruit, silky texture, and thirst-quenching briskness. With an underlying seriousness here, this can really carry over to the table as your second bottle. Why the second bottle? Because the first will go down so fast that you will definitely need another.



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2017 CHAUSSYNETTE RHONE ROSÉ
$12.99 BTL./$155.88 CASE

From the excellent Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer, Mas de Boislauzon comes this flavorful, plucky pink number made from somewhat equal portions of Grenache and Syrah. Owned and operated by brother and sister Daniel and Christine Chaussy, the wines from this estate always deliver impeccable quality and the Chaussynette line delivers good explosion for the euro.

Currant, lime, cranberry, wildflowers and smoked herbs. The flavorful, inspiring texture is an electrical storm in the mouth; the finish is zesty, engaging and entices you for what amounts to being a triumphant guzzling episode. Maybe even one that has a sequel. Perfect for appetizers, mild cheeses or a gaggle of thirsty friends.



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2017 SULAUZE ‘PAMPLONETTE’ ROSÉ
COTEAUX D’AIX EN PROVENCE
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

Merde alors, the coffee in France is utterly detestable, jus de chaussette in fact, but holy merde so many French Rosé wines are very good indeed. A very new offering for us is the rather limited Aix en Provence Rosé from Domaine Sulauze. This is an organic farmer cultivates grapes but also hosts a bakery, small restaurant, brewery and grows olives, wheat, barley, vegetables. Located not far from Marseilles and in close proximity to the Étang de Berre, an inland sea that along with the clay soils tremendously influences this wine.

60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Vermentino with all being direct press except for the Syrah which is done via saignee. Ample mineral, sea salt, red fruits, anise and rosemary follow through to a fresh texture that has deceptive depth, complexity and personality. Have this with grilled chicken or pork; however, what it really goes best with is deep fried fare, especially zucchini.



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2017 ROUSSEAU FRÈRES
TOURAINE NOBLE JOUÉ ROSÉ
$17.99 BTL./$215.88 CASE

As many of you know, we are football fanatics and around here. we often refer to baseball season as ‘the slow period’, so during this period when I’m not dabbling in the occult or taking a nap, I am doing bountiful research, looking for great Rosé wines that offer exquisite value and sometimes go off the grid a bit.

An elusive, complex Rosé from one of the rarest appellations in the entire Loire Valley, the region of Touraine Noble Joué boasts all of six producers and Rosé is the specialty. Made from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris the aromas are discreet, very French and reveal more and more as the wine unfolds in the glass. Herbs, lanolin and prominent wild strawberry character, the roundness of the Pinot Gris settles in at first, but then the grip, nerve and vibrancy of the Pinots Noir and Meunier plunder, pounce upon then beguile the palate. Beautiful breed from start to finish, there is extraordinary burst and chalky tones that make this dry pink wine so distinctive. Try this wine with grilled red peppers stuffed with goat cheese, salmon even Indian cuisine.






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