Coming from the oldest estate on Mount Brouilly, this rosé of Gamay is year after year a celebrated favorite by the Dedalus staff. The playful attitude of Gamay in harmony with the ancient volcanic soils of this region make for a joyful experience for those who reach for this bottle.
Maxime Magnon is a first-generation winemaker who cares about preserving old, natural winemaking techniques. Studying under Jean Foillard before settling in Corbières, he gained knowledge and skill that has led him to tremendous success. Ripe fruit and playful texture make this rosè a total knockout.
Founded by Charles Heidsieck in 1851, this traditional Champagne house presents some of the best wines in the region, being recognized by royalty and political leaders. His Réserve Rosé ages for at least five years in their cellar, making it deliciously creamy and complex while fun and fruity.
Villa di Geggiano is impressive, to say the least- brothers Andrea and Alessandro Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli not only produce some of the best Chianti in the region, but they also are the proprietors of a gorgeous national monument, and have a pope in the family. Needless to say, this robust rosato is sure to make you feel like Italian royalty.
Piollot Champagne Rose Extra Brut Les Protelles 2018
Almost every champagne consists of a combination of three grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Yan Vadin’s rosé, however, has just a splash of a hyper-local grape called Cumiéres Rouge, named for the village in which his domaine is based. Floral and lush, this exemplifies Yan’s love for his hometown.
Sometimes you want a sparkler with a little more fruit character in it. Enter this pet-nat from the Brand brothers (check out that color!). Predominantly Pinot Noir, this wine has all the traits of a Pinot- juicy red fruits like raspberry, watermelon, red cherry, and red plum. Goes with just about everything!
Of all the unicorn bottles we come across, there are few that garner more giddy excitement among our staff than De Fermo’s one-of-a-kind Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo. In many ways, this not quite red, not quite rosé is the ideal natural wine. it’s the real deal-biodynamic, native yeast, no sulphur. You can drink it chilled in the summer with burgers, or lightly cool in the winter with stew. For me, it’s the secret weapon I like to have at the ready when I’m not sure what I want and I have several competing palates to impress. Bright, earthy, and deeply colored, it's a must-try for funk lovers.
A champion of his vines and his environment, Jean-Charles Abbatucci is justly renowned by Corsicans and the rest of the world alike for his wines. The biodynamically produced Faustine Rosé brings all the concentrated aroma, flavor, and saline minerality you could ask for in a supremely bright, delicious wine.
Not just “one of the oldest,” Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne; it goes as far back as 1584! They source their grapes almost entirely from premier cru and grand cru vineyards, with as much thought for what happens in the vineyard as what happens in the cellar. The peach and fresh strawberry notes of this rosé would pair perfectly with a rich foie gras.
In the 1980s, Chiara Vigo’s family vineyard was narrowly missed by a stream of lava from one of Mount Etna’s especially aggressive eruptions. Consequently, Fattorie Romeo del Castello’s 14-hectare estate is now surrounded by a 20-foot wall of lava. Their fantastically mineral wine is a perfect reflection of this dramatic vineyard landscape. This Rosé is savory, complex, and not-to-be-missed.
A blend of indigenous Nielluciu, Sciaccarellu, and non native Grenache that is as refreshing as the breezy island vineyard it comes from. This energetic Corsican rosé delivers notes of jicama, white cherry, and lively island herbs. This wine would be great on its own, or with pan seared white fish on good toast with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and lemon.
Winemaker Yves Canarelli aims to bring the world a taste of Corsica, and this rosé does the job tremendously. By fermenting whole-cluster native Corsican Sciaccarellu and Nielluciu grapes and just a bit of Grenache, this bottle has amazing structure, minerality, and depth. One of the best rosés out there!
Joseph Swan Sonoma Rose Trenton Estate Vineyard 2019
Over 50 years ago, in rural North Dakota, Joseph Swan made his first ever ‘wine’ out of wild rhubarb, using his mother’s laundry press. Fast-forward to today, and his daughter Lynn has now taken the helm at their humble winery in Sonoma. This syrah rosé is bold and peppery, and stands up well to a summer meal of BBQ chicken.
Is this the most fun you can have drinking natural wine? It is certainly the most fun Rhone valley rosé we've come across. Clos des Mourres Pompette is a neon fruit-salad of a wine. It is a ripe, juicy blast of muddled raspberry, split red cherry, orange slices, gardenia, and rosemary.
Look at that color! This charming rosé opens up with alluring notes of ripe raspberry, rose petal, and white pepper. On the palate, it is light and refreshing yet no simple porch pounder. Look for a certain degree of stony minerality and grip backing up its elegant Saint Laurent fruit. It may be a large bottle, but it empties quickly.
Prior to bottling, this wine is racked according to the moon phases, aligning well with Microbio’s biodynamic winemaking process. Fresh, floral, and fruity, this rose is light but has enough structure to hold its own with a meal. Pair with grilled veggies at your next barbeque.
Find yourself searching for some extra depth and complexity in your rosé? Why not look to Brunello for the answer. An astronomer by trade, Guiseppe Sesti found his calling crafting unbelievable expressions of Sangiovese. His rosato is no different. Deep, dark, and fresh, try it with roast pork.
Located in the countryside of St. Remy de Provence, the town where Van Gogh painted “Starry Night,” Domaine Hauvette is home to 17 acres of vines, all organically farmed to produce minimal-intervention wines. This wine is everything you could hope for in a Provencal rose: notes of flowers, almonds, and crisp minerals make this a winner.
There are only a few vignerons in the small fishing town of Cassis who are fortunate to produce certified wine of this appellation & Clos Sainte Magdeleine is one of them. Producing in very limited quantities, his rosé is just the best. This bottle is crisp with notes of wild strawberries & terrific acidity.
Catherine and Pierre Breton set out to make a Cabernet Franc rosé that is as natural as can be. Ritournelle is the result. The wine is crisp and refreshing. It’s like drinking a tall glass of strawberry lemonade spiked with fresh herbs. Pair it with herb-marinated grilled chicken.
At the turn of the century, Kermit Lynch and Daniel Brunier (of Vieux Télégraphe) joined forces to revive one of the greatest, oldest winemaking properties of the Southern Rhône: Domaine Les Pallières. Their rosé is super juicy, with layers of fresh strawberry and raspberry, rose, and wet stone that roll in, sweep out, and roll in again like ocean waves.
In the world of upper echelon rosé, there is no question. Bandol is king. This seaside Provençal village, known for its particularly moving expressions of Mourvèdre, gives us one of the most serious, complex renditions of rosé in the world. Gros Noré's iteration is among the best, with a perfect balance between body and acidity.
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