We have been enjoying beautiful, warm weather which is perfectly apropos as the new batch of 2020 Rosés have just arrived! At Liquor ‘N More, we carry more than 35 Rosés from around the world. While we promote enjoying Rosés year-round, the majority of Rosé drinking takes place now through September. This summer, we will be highlighting many of our favorite Rosés; to start, we begin with the two of our best-selling, Domaine la Terre de Lune and Lion & the Lily. Both gain more and more fans each vintage and we think the 2020's are the best yet from these two small French estates.
The most notable area for the production of Rosé wines is the south of France, from the sun-soaked vineyards close to the sea. Provence is where many of the best Rosés are produced. Wine has been produced here for almost three thousand years, and now over half the wine coming out of Provence are Rosés. However, with popularity typically comes higher prices and we have found that if you head west a bit to the southern Rhône you can find incredible value. For the last ten years, Domaine la Terre de Lune has been a favorite. This small estate is run by Remy Klein and his son Oliver. They converted to organic farming in 2007 and have been certified organic since 2010. Best of all, we have had this wine available for the same price since the 2013 vintage! This Rosé delivers the light, subtle berry fruit and crisp, lively texture that southern Rhône Rosés are best known. A classic blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre - organically grown - this is a versatile partner for all kinds of food from salade nicoise to spicy grilled shrimp. Or just on its own as a satisfying aperitif.
Les Vignerons de Tutiac, who produces Lion and the Lily, began in 1974 when a handful of wine producers from Civrac de Blaye in Bordeaux came together to start a cooperative. Cooperatives are extremely popular in France; they are a group of growers that might be too small to produce enough wine on their own, therefore, they combine their vineyards to produce enough wine to be a player in either the domestic or export market. Over the years, generations of winegrowers and their families have become true experts of their various terroirs. They have tremendous knowledge of their own small plots and take extreme care, as they are the owners! Lion & the Lily Rosé is a light, refreshing style made from mostly Merlot. The wine is terrific on its own and has a unique glass cap making it a beautiful bottle to have on the center of your table. It pairs best with seafood, such as lobster, salmon, swordfish and even burgers.
Both are perfect for the beach or back yard but are also terrific wines to enjoy with lots of light summer foods. Stock up on these now, both tend to sell out soon after the 4th of July!
A refreshing blend of 40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre, all organically grown. This is a nice dry rosé that has strawberry and watermelon flavors with a hint of minerals. The finish is quite pleasing and long with a little spiciness making this complex wine great with many lighter appetizers.
Made mostly from Merlot, this is a soft, clean wine elegant red fruit aromas and flavors of strawberry and watermelon. There is an excellent balance of fruit and acidity that gives it a refreshing finish. Perfect by itself or with lighter foods.