A nice shop on the south side of Ann Arbor (Packard, just south of Stadium). They usually have something very interesting, but not always the value I’m looking for. Their spring rosé selection as of mid-May was around 15 wines, so I made a judicious selection of six.
Cibonne Tentations (2016) Cotes de Provence, France – $18
Color: pale pink.
Aroma: yeasty, with raspberry fruit.
Taste: OK – some good berry fruit, and long on the finish.
Palatable; I’d drink this.
Pierre Morin (2016) Sancerre, France – $25
Color: still pale, but slightly darker than the Cibonne.
Aroma: darker fruit notes, mostly berry and cherry.
Taste: More acidity, good strawberry in the midpalate.
Sancerre is best known for its white wines (Sauvignon Blancs) but they also grow Pinot Noir for reds and rosés. This bottling, unfortunately, doesn’t show off the Pinot well – $25 is too steep for this.
G. D. Vajra Rosabella (2016) Italy – 17
Color: light pink.
Taste: lots of acidity, like a good strawberry shortcake! Bright and zippy up front, the a long and tart finish.
This is produced in the Barolo region, but no official indication of what varieties they are using – Nebbiolo, Dolcetta, and Barbera would be typical grapes in that part of Italy.
Domaine des Cassagnoles Rosé Plaisir (2016) Cotes de Gascogne – $13
Color: medium pink to copper.
Aroma: berries, a little darker than most, some earthiness.
Taste: richer, with a touch of tannin. Some Grenache in this?
Not quite as long on the finish as the Italian, but a better mouthfeel throughout and much more suitable for food. My favorite of the bunch.
Pierre-Marie Chermette “Les Griottes” (2016) Beaujolais Rosé, France – $18
Color: pale pink.
Aroma: nice red currants and floral nose.
Taste: Good mouthful of fruit – better balanced than most. Some tannin on the finish.
Nice; this is better for an aperitif or a light meal.
Chateau de Manissy “La Belle Etoile” (2016) IFP Mediterranee, France – $12
Color: medium pink to orange.
Aroma: sweetish red fruits and berries.
Taste: lots of berry up front, then dull in the midpalate. The finish is short but full of fruit.
Decent, not great. Also better for cocktail hour.
Out of everything I’ve tasted, the Domaine de Cassagnoles from Gascony is the winner, especially for the money. I’m recommending it. I’ve ordered a case and that should last me through the summer.