Saving the Best for Last
Summer's last chapter is upon us, and when we look back at our sales this season, it has clearly been the Summer of Rosé. We have explored a wide variety of styles and flavor profiles, and enjoyed the range of what rosé can be. Perhaps our favorite is Corail from Chateau de Roquefort in Provence. It is a dry, crisp, flavorful example and a great choice for these last few weeks of summer.
Corail is made by Raimond de Villeneuve, and his beautiful, biodynamic vineyard is situated in an amphitheater, providing a very special microclimate. Chateau de Roquefort is at an altitude of 1000 feet, allowing later harvesting, resulting in more freshness, maturity, and complexity than is usually found in Provençal wines.
Raimond is young, well-educated, and well-traveled, with experience working for Chateau Mommessin in Burgundy. This experience shows in the quality of the wines. His talent has been recognized by French wine critic Michel Bettane, calling him one of the finest winemakers in Provence: "incontestably, one of the great hopes of the Cotes de Provence...the wines perfectly combine ample and intense fruit with a rich and silky body. The wines of Roquefort possess a hedonistic character that will make you immediately rejoice".
With bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, crisp acidity, and a long finish, this wine is an ideal match for a range of Mediterranean flavors such as seafood in garlic and olive oil, as well as anything cooked on a grill.