#29 – 2014 Domaine des Corbillières – Touraine, France

Estimated retail: $16

There are sure to be a few more cold days between now and May. There are certain to be a great many more warm, sunny days. Which unquestionably means Rosé season is in effect on just about any given day. National wine writers annually trumpet a “Rosé Season” where these mainly dry, beautifully colored wines excel, but that is flat out wrong. Drinking pink isn’t just a summertime pleasure and to limit these beauties to three or four months of the year is a mistake. Houston and many other destinations have a year-round climate for Rosé (not to mention patios to match). Search your feelings, you know it to be true. (Frank Bullington)

A few of my favorite rules for drinking Rosé:

  1. Location matters. The best come from Rosé’s origin, the South of France. You can never go wrong with versions produced within 150 miles of the French border with Spain.
  2. Classic varietals make classic wines. Rosé can be made from any red grape, but it’s best from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Cab Franc, or Pinot Noir.
  3. Never spend more than $50.00 on a bottle of Rosé, except from the Bandol (Amine Matta) wine region of France.
  4. Alcohol is the enemy. Rosé is thirst-quenching and uplifting. Versions with an alcohol level of your typical red don’t cut it. See California, Rosé of Cabernet.
  5. Leave it off the ice. When Rosé warms up a bit closer to room temperature, the flavor, texture, and aromas become all the more inviting.

Domaine des Corbillières Rosé stands out for a couple of reasons. First, it comes from Touraine, one of the less appreciated and incredible value areas of the Loire Valley. The region is absolutely worth a visit as it is home to some of France’s most majestic castles. Secondly, it’s partly made from the indigenous Pineau d’Aunis varietal of Chenin Noir. It has a unique flavor profile that gracefully balances spice and herb with a generous mix of juicy, red fruit. They combine it with PInot Noir to make a classic hued Rosé. It has lovely floral notes, layers of herb, white pepper, and wild strawberries tossed with fresh citrus. Suffice to say it makes for a lovely escape. Honestly I love Rosé with guacamole and chips, so don’t be afraid to try this with some quality Mexican food. ∞

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