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Blason-Louis Bandol Rosé 2015 (Flacon)

Blason-Louis Bandol Rosé 2015 (Flacon)

Blason Louis offers these novel glass flacons for by-the-glass tasting as part of their wine club, though really, polishing off a bottle of rosé has never been a problem in this household. Their 2015 Bandol Rosé is salmon-hued with aromas of iced coffee, fleshy melon, mandarin orange, and pie cherry. It's surprisingly full-bodied with lots of roundness at the center, leaving the impression that the acidity has to work to hold up the weight of this wine. A pleasant streak of minerality at the close. Sample Blason-Louis 8.8 Points...

Domaine Saint Aix Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2015

Domaine Saint AIX Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2015

Consistently good, the Saint Aix AIX Rosé 2015 is pale peach in the glass. Aromatically expressive, it's a kaleidoscope of white peach, melon, golden raspberries and line dried linen. In the mouth, it's refreshing. It's light, but layered too—here, minerality emerges and signs against a backdrop of ever-changing fruit. A great entertaining wine. 13.0% ABV | Sample Domaine Saint Aix 8.9 Points...

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Rosé 2016

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Rosé 2016

Conch shell pink, Jean-Luc Colombo’s Les Pins Couchés Rosé is a pretty blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre sourced from Cape Bleue, a maritime-influenced site just outside Marseille. The 2016 delivers white peaches, raspberries, cherries, and line-dried linen, but what I’m most excited about what this wine does on the palate. The influence of calcarious soils dominates this blend—texturally, it’s almost slippery in the mouth, reminiscent of slip casting with fine porcelain clay. Bright and buoyant, a perfect wine for summer. 13.0% ABV | Sample Vins Columbo 9.1 Points...

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

The Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016 is fresh and genial, expressing a lovely melange of chilled melon, raspberry sorbet, turbinado sugar, and line dried linen. Lean on fruit, but generously framed in minerality, this pretty Provençal pink has an underlying structure of wet chalk and limestone that seemingly closes in on and eventually eclipses delicate fruit notes on the palate, leaving a comet's tail of seafoam and wet shell c. 13.0% ABV | Sample Fleur de Mer 8.9 Points...

Château Gassier Côtes de Provence Esprit Gassier 2015

Château Gassier Côtes de Provence Esprit Gassier 2015

Rosé seemed like the appropriate wine to drink after a 2+ week absence from the flu. And this bottle the 2015 Château Gassier Esprit Gassier is the color of ballet shoes with pretty aromatics that roll out of the glass. White peach, underripe watermelon, a touch of blood orange and loads of minerality. It's the acidity I like best, which crescendos with aplomb—the persistence here is as breathtaking as it is mouthwatering—a minute on, wet stones, tide pool, salted pink grapefruit. Sample Château Gassier 9.0 Points...

Château Trians Reserve De Trians Côteaux Varois en Provence 2015

Château Trians Reserve De Trians Côteaux Varois en Provence 2015

Château Trians Reserve De Trians Côteaux Varois en Provence 2015" width="200" height="200" /></a>The perfect antidote to winter, a good Provence rosé is summer in a glass—and this obliging bottle of 2015 Château Trians Reserve de Trians Coteaux Varois certainly lifted the spirits after days of snow and bitter temperatures in Portland. It's salmon-hued with golden reflexes and the sort of breezy aromas I just adore. Melon. White peach. White flowers, talcum powder, and sea air and the most wonderful acidity embroidered in chalky repose to hold it all together. 13.5% ABV | Sample Château Trians 9.0 Points...

Château de Roquefort Côtes de Provence Grêle 2012

Château de Roquefort Côtes de Provence Grêle 2012

Château de Roquefort Côtes de Provence Grêle" width="200" height="200" /></a>A Provençal red, the 2012 Château de Roquefort Gréle No. 2 reveals black olive tapenade, Garrigue, black licorice, fresh potting soil. smoky black tea and pen ink as it slowly unspools. Round in the mouth and expressive, though not as full bodied or as intense as some of its Southern Rhône cousins. There is wonderful energy here—ultra fine tannins, black tea, and earthy, slightly rustic undertones. 13.5% ABV | Sample Château de Roquefort 9.1 Points...

Barton & Guestier Côtes De Provence Passeport Rosé 2015

Barton & Guestier Côtes De Provence Passeport Rosé 2015

Guestier's Côtes De Provence Passeport Rosé 2015 is pretty and very drinkable considering its modest price. The nose is aloft with red berries, blood oranges, wafting sea air. It’s a delicious compromise between minerally limestone tension and fruit, which translates as cantaloupe flesh and crushed raspberries followed by a mouthwatering and lengthy finish. It's fresh, vivid and hard to put down. Sample Barton & Guestier 8.8 Points...

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

Hecht & Bannier Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015

The second 2015 rosé I've sampled from Hecht &amp; Bannier, aside from admittedly loving their modern packaging, I have been impressed with both the Bandol and this Côtes de Provence in terms of quality and price. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle, it's an expressive pink. The vines flourish under the warm maritime breath of the Mediterranean Sea. Clay-limestone soils impart characteristic minerality along with a classic Provençal profile of red berries, and a lilting top note of fennel pollen. Sample Hecht & Bannier 8.9 Points...

Domaine de la Sangliere Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015

Domaine de la Sangliere Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015

Domaine de la Sanglière’s basic Côtes De Provence Rosé is all nervy mineral verve, with the merest touch of tantalizing underripe melon and raspberry shining through. Fruit is nearly absent on the palate, as though it has been brushed clean, or is a layer that has been artfully peeled away. What remains in its place is pink grapefruit pith, wet shell, brine and sea foam. Fresh and breezy from start to finish, an excellent value for those looking for a racy, nuanced Provençal pink. Sample Domaine de la Sangliere 8.9 Points...