Posted on Jul, 31. 2012 by Chad Zakaib
A lot of the value the Guild offers is in tasting a broad range of wines and offering you just the one or two best. For you, the work we do in advance of an offer is a lot like plumbing — unless there’s a problem, you should never really think about it. Each year, our Board members are tasting literally hundreds of wines, most of which you never see. The ones you see regularly satisfy a deep yearning for something very specific — the Cherrier Sancerre and rose’ for example — and are the perennial cream of the crop.
Here’s one you can expect to see in each vintage going forward.
The Domaine Bunan Mas de la Rouviere Bandol Rose 2011 is a fantastic Provencal rose of great character and depth, and a real value for those who seek the exquisite pleasures of aged rose. (The best wholesale price on a comparable Provencal rose – and I am not making this up — is $30. That’s $30 WHOLESALE!)
Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache make a fantastic red wine, and bleeding the tanks of some portion of juice early in the maceration process creates not only a more intense red (80% of the juice drawing color and tannin from 100% of the skins), but also superb, age-worthy rose’. Appropriately pale salmon color, with orange peel, rose water, white pepper and a bit of mint and fresh Provencal herbs leading the charge, and youthful density on the palate akin to creamed strawberries and raspberries poured over small, well-rounded river stones. Plenty of long, tightly wound acids, and clearly not the kind that comes from a bag in the winery lab. To give a sense of potential longevity, night # 3 is worth the wait — and any wine that can last that long without totally oxidizing is worth 2 or 3 years in the bottle at a minimum.
I generally buy wines of this caliber in some volume because I want to drink a bottle or two myself early on and have the option of serving a single, well-aged wine paired with good food to a larger group. As I write this, I’m realizing this is one of my greatest pleasures, as a few bottles of the same good wine circulating the table creates a sense of intimacy and abundance amongst my guests.
So … a few for this Summer, a few for next Spring and a few for dinner with friends after harvesting next year’s peaches. Whole chickens stuffed with garlic and herbs, tomatoes and basil dripping with olive oil, adults at table, kids playing in the sprinkler and a full Summer ahead.
Retail Price: $23.50