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Tour de France

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: May 01, 2014

I visited France this past January, exploring Toulouse, Nîmes, the Rhône Valley, and Burgundy, finding the cuisine and wines so inspiring! We look forward to sharing some of our finds, such as these rosés, now through the summer.

Domaine de Gournier 2013 Rosé

A blend of Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault, this is a beautiful, dry rosé from the western edge of the Rhône just north of Nîmes. It’s made in stainless steel tanks to showcase the intense red berry fruit and touch of spice.

Domaine de la Petite Cassagne 2013 Rosé

Located in the Costières de Nîmes (I was inducted into the Ordre de la Boisson de la Stricte Observance Costières de Nîmes this past January) in a vineyard full of stones deposited by the Rhône River centuries ago. Made by the dynamic Diane de Puymorin who makes this wine with a restrained hand leaving it minerally and crisp, it is perfect for dining alfresco.

Domaine Sainte-Eugénie 2013 Rosé

Superb color, great acid, and stunning fruit made by a man, Hervé, who is full of life and loves the synergy between food and wine. This rosé captures that essence!

Mas des Bressades 2013 Rosé

Owner/winemaker Cyril Mares, husband to Natalie Blanc who owns the nearby estate Mas Carlot, makes this rosé in what is considered by many to be the top estate in the Costières de Nîmes, and just 30 miles from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Brilliantly colored and striking in balance of fruit and acid, it is perfect with grilled fish or meats.

Edmunds St. John 2013 Bone-Jolly Gamay Rosé

Made from Gamay sourced from the Witters Vineyard in El Dorado County by our friend Steve Edmunds, this has extremely vibrant strawberry fruit with dry and bracing acidity. Perfect barbecue wine!

Château de Roquefort 2013 Corail Rose Côtes de Provence

An amazing, biodynamically farmed vineyard that is literally situated in an amphitheater at an altitude of 1000 feet, located just on the edge of the Bandol appellation.

Mas de Gourgonnier 2013 Rosé Les Baux de Provence

Beautifully pink and less orange in color than previous vintages, this is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah that is showing lots of pomegranate, pink grapefruit, ginger, and strawberry fruits.

Domaine Fondrèche 2013 Rosé Côtes du Ventoux

A blend of biodynamically farmed Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah that is reminiscent of Bandol with strawberries and raspberries exploding with a hint of white pepper in the nose. Sebastien Vincenti, a protégé of Andre Brunel, has made this one of the best wines from the region.

Domaine des Sources Rosé de Fayel 2013 Costières de Nîmes

Cabernet Franc, Grenache, and Syrah are the varietals that Jean-François Fayel uses to make this lovely rosé just outside the city of Nîmes.