2018 Club 44 Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, France

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This lovely small production Provencal Rosé was born out of a partnership between Massanois Imports and Domaine Bagrau. The Bagrau family focuses primarily on rosé production and the teams work closely on creating the perfect blend each year. When tasting this wine, our entire team was impressed by every aspect of the wine. Bright acidity, beautiful color, and structure that allows this rosé to be enjoyed on its own or be paired splendidly with food.

The 2018 vintage is a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The sustainably farmed grapes are hand-harvested and direct pressed before the must was macerated on its skins for 8 hours. Very little tannin is extracted during a pre-fermentation maceration, as tannins are much more soluble in alcohol. The gentle pressing and relatively short maceration time give this rosé a light pink color while simultaneously extracting a wide range of aroma compounds. Aromas of alpine strawberries, red papaya, and a bit of white pepper continue onto the palate. The refreshing acidity and structure from Grenache make for an exquisite rose that can accompany you on a hot day and also stand up to a cool Autumn evening with dinner. We’ve paired this with a Salade Niçoise to transport you, if only figuratively, to the Cote d’Azur for an evening.

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