The time has come for row upon row of cut-stacked rosé at your local liquor store. Most of it will be either insipid or uninspired. This is unfortunate given that rosé can accompany certain foods better than most wine. The general lack of quality has nothing to do with the free-run or blending techniques and much more to do with the lack of care and quality of fruit put into most of these wines.
Perhaps the most famous rosé category is Provencal. It conjures images of the south of France, azure seas, lifestyle. So it’s not all that hard to sell and market these wines. It takes a lot more to find a producer who treats a rosé not as a lifestyle choice, but as, well, wine.
Enter Gros ‘Noré, which is now starting to creep toward’s Tempier’s crown as Bandol’s best producer. While not quite at the same level, this is a seriously good wine for those seeking a richer style of that is yet balanced. Strawberry, herbs and minerals, with some sweet glyceral elements: a perfect pairing for B.C. Sockeye. 40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault, 20% Grenache. Grown in clay.
$32 at BCLDB