This is Your One-Stop-Shop For 2010 Rosé!

This is Your One-Stop-Shop For 2010 Rosé!

Posted on May, 12. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

Because you deserve better, I’m going to spare you the predictable spiel about how “it’s springtime!” and “the flowers are out and the bees are buzzing”. The fact of the matter is, it’s that time of year…and if you’re not jonesing for rosé right now, then I could be forgiven for questioning whether or not you’re actually a robot. Look, I’ll be honest: for the past few weeks, I’ve been drinking the stuff like water…brushing my teeth with it, using it as aftershave…I’m even thinking of getting a little bottle cooler to put on my bedside table, in fact.

In all seriousness, though, we’ve understandably had a lot of demand for rosé as the weather has warmed up; this offer has been a long time coming, and is the end result of extensive product testing on our part. Admittedly, there’s no shortage of rosé out there…distributor reps will show up with 5 or 6 or more wines, gushing over them all, and we’ll rip through ’em and find one or two we like. Heck, I was in Feast the other day and saw a rack with probably 8 or 10 different pink wines on it! As a consumer, when faced with this kind of selection overload, one might have a tendency to ask some half-knowledgeable floor staff for their “pick”, or maybe even resort to choosing based on its color or the label design. You could even just spend a bunch of money trying out different ones and go with the one you end up liking…

…or you could just wait for this email. We’ve done the testing, been through a ton of pink wine, and selected 2 bottles that we believe represent irreproachable value at the two ends of the typical rosé price spectrum…wines that, in concert, should cover most palates, most events, most dishes, with ease. You really should have both of these wines around this summer, as they each fill different roles. My suggestion to you is to figure out how much you think you might need going forward of each of these wines, then get 10-20% more than that. Because once you get the bug, it’s all you’ll want to drink…and I can’t imagine it will be available much longer. So without further ado, I give you our two Wine Guild Rosé Selections for Spring 2011!

2010 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé

This was first in a lineup of perhaps 6 or 7 pink-hued samples, and while it was succeeded by pricier wines that had deeper character, this was the obvious star of the bunch in terms of price/value. You guys have had the white and red Guilhem wines before, so you already know that their wines (from the brilliant Mas de Daumas Gassac folks) effortlessly outstrip their modest price tag. But let’s be clear: this isn’t thinking rosé. This is drinking rosé. Not to say that this wine isn’t impeccably composed, because it is, but it’s just not overly serious (nor overly lax, either). It’s a pinkish-salmon color, which in my view is just so gorgeous compared to that popular deep-pink hue, and comes in that classic Celtic-esque Guilhem packaging (no high-school-art-project label like half the cheap rosés out there). Once in the glass, watermelon jolly rancher comes bounding out to meet you, sprinkled with faint tropical fruits and a soft white floral/perfume thing. The palate is where it really shines, though. The acidity is just prevalent enough to give the wine structure on your tongue without distracting you from the lush red fruit (and again, watermelon), and it ends with a clean, refreshing finality (making you want more, right now!) We immediately pre-bought a ton of this wine because we knew what kind of insane value it represented (and suspected it would not last long in the distributor’s warehouse), and I’ve had bottles chilling in my fridge ever since. You really can’t do better than this for everyday gulpable rosé! And, let’s be honest, how can you turn down a price like this?

2010 Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $6.59 • Premier Cru: $6.89 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $8.99
Buy Now!

2010 Francois et Jean-Marie Cherrier Sancerre Rosé “Les Chailloux”

This lovely juice was a huge Guild sensation last year, and I think I love this vintage even more. My notes from last spring:

I tasted the Dragon side-by-side with the Cherrier rosé about 6 weeks ago, and was struck by how brilliant and lovely this stuff is – indeed, it’s that much better. Nevermind that the Dragon has sold out—I was buying the Cherrier when I could still get Dragon, and I stand by that! And so, after ordering bottle after bottle after bottle of this stuff from Kevin at Dionysos, he caught on that I kind of really loved it […] I can’t really even think of another rosé that I’d touch right now. We drank yet another bottle tonight; it’s such a bright, explosive display that you almost miss the fact that it’s very classically-styled, very well-groomed (but with a wild streak). Peach, chalk, lemons, even a bit of weight and seriousness, rounded out by a feminine, almost sweet finish of seashell/salt and crisp, not-quite-ripe berries. It is THE rosé of the year…I mean it this time!

This all still holds true, but I’d amend that for the 2010 simply by saying that it seems to have a more defined herbal/berry Sancerre quality to it this vintage. This truly is a unique accomplishment, as so many rosés are lacking in the terroir-delivery department. This is a more serious, more robust, deeper wine than the Guilhem…it sings with food, but doesn’t need it. This stuff, it’s just such a complete experience—who knew sub-$20 pink wine could accomplish so much?

2010 Francois et Jean-Marie Cherrier Sancerre Rosé “Les Chailloux”
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $15.76 • Premier Cru: $16.48 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $21.49
Buy Now!

Comments are closed.