This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of ten top wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds, Eric Guido, and Joaquín Hidalgo’s article, 2021 Rosé – New Releases . Enjoy an excerpt from this article and notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ “Rosés From France, Spain and the US West Coast – Josh Raynolds The 2021 Rosé season is off to a much faster start than that of 2020, thanks to the elimination of the 25% import tariff that slammed almost all pink wines from France and Spain last year. Because of uncertainty in the market, for obvious reasons, and those tariffs, plus, in a number of cases, a backlog of 2018s, many rosés last year were shipped very slowly and usually in reduced quantity compared to previous years. Indeed, many wines arrived after we published last year’s pink wine report, in June. There’s a silver lining there, actually, because it means that there are numerous outstanding 2019s in the market now that have benefitted from that extra bit of bottle age. 2020 Italian Rosato – Eric Guido One major generalization that you could easily make about the 2020 vintage in Italy is that producers were able to not only spend extra time amongst their vines, but they were also able to obsess over them. From the north to the south and on each of its islands, winemakers spoke of how much effort they spent, and anxiety they let out by working in their vineyards. In the face of the pandemic and lockdown, what else was there to do? When looking at the wines of the vintage itself, a year that was generalized as being good across the entire country, another thing that stands out: these are sunny-styled Rosatos. While Spring temperatures were even for the most part, dry weather and a series of heat waves in July, August and September pushed the fruit toward early ripening. In most cases, their bouquets are sweetly floral and fruity yet delicate; I found it hard to stop myself from repeating the word "pretty" over and over again as I tasted through the wines. Rosés From Argentina – Joaquín Hidalgo As a region, Argentina generally focuses on reds, although more and more attention is being paid to whites from cool areas. Rosés, however, are still somewhat neglected, not because eminently suitable grapes and terroirs don’t exist, but because locally rosés have always been regarded as a lesser wine. Stylistically, from 2000 onward they tended to imitate the Bordeaux model favoring color and concentration over drinkability, but recently the orientation has shifted to the Côtes de Provence. While the majority aren’t at all bad, only a few stand out examples manage to combine fruitiness and accessibility with depth and complexity.” --Josh Raynolds, Eric Guido, and Joaquín Hidalgo, 2021 Rosé – New Releases, June 2021 1. 2020 Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2. 2019 Château Minuty 281 Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 3. 2020 Domaines Ott Château Romassan Rosé 4. 2020 Chêne Bleu Vaucluse Grenache Blend Rosé 5. 2019 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé Blend 6. 2019 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Rosé de Pinot Noir 7. 2019 Château De Leoube Secret de Léoube Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 8. 2018 Château d'Esclans Les Clans Côtes de Provence Rosé 9. 2020 Château de Peyrassol Commanderie Côtes de Provence Rose 10. 2020 Domaine Saint André de Figuière Première de Figuière Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend

Domaine Tempier

Bandol Rosé Blend 2019

Alder Yarrow
9.5

Oh the jubilation of sitting outside on a beautiful day with people in addition to your immediate family and drinking the good stuff. What can be said about one of the world’s perfect rosés that hasn’t been said. Benchmark bright berries and watermelon citrus snap and mouthwatering acidity. Fresh and clean and disappears almost instantly on a warm day. Please sir, may I have some more? — a month ago

Byron, Eddie and 25 others liked this

Domaine Saint André de Figuière

Première de Figuière Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2017

Cold peach, cold apricot, washed tangerine.
Nice Provence bottle.
— 2 years ago

P, David and 23 others liked this

Domaines Ott

Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.3

Bright onion skin. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, orange zest, pungent flowers and dusty minerals that expand with air. Sappy and light on its feet, offering mineral-tinged strawberry, blood orange and honeysuckle flavors. Dry, focused and tightly wound, showing superb closing power and lingering florality. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2018) — 3 years ago

Severn, P and 1 other liked this

Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Chassagne Montrachet Rosé de Pinot Noir 2019

Nose has under-ripe strawberry, crushed green table grapes, tangerine peel and orange creamsicle.

Palate has semi-ripe strawberry, orange zest, apricot slice with mild bitterness on the finish.

Needs a year to relax.
— 7 months ago

Sharon, David and 21 others liked this

Domaines Ott

Château Romassan Bandol Rosé 2017

Good juice✔️ — 2 years ago

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Château De Leoube

Secret de Léoube Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

Vivid salmon skin. Vibrant, mineral-accented red berry and pit fruit aromas, along with suggestions of orange pith and honeysuckle. Silky and energetic in the mouth, offering pliant raspberry, white peach and blood orange flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Powerful yet graceful in character, showing impressive energy and minerally thrust on an impressively long, sappy finish that leaves juicy red berry and pit fruit notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, August 2019) — 2 years ago

Sharon, P and 4 others liked this

Château Minuty

281 Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend

Pale pink orange; medium intensity aromas of strawberry, lemon, lime; dry, medium plus acid, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity flavors consistent with aromas; only moderately complex and concentrated — 8 months ago

Severn, Jayna and 5 others liked this

Peyrassol

Commanderie de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2019

Consistently delicious Provence Rosé. This vintage is in the top quartile and a lovely expression of what southern French rosé can be. Perhaps a few reviewers are concerned with a lower concentration and softer mouthfeel, but for me, this is subtlety and nuance... strawberry, garrigue, blood orange peel, and nothing to grippy. — a year ago

Josh, E and 5 others liked this

Chêne Bleu

Vaucluse Grenache Blend Rosé 2017

Viscous and full bodied rosé, green strawberry, cantaloupe, hints of grapefruit and minerals. — 2 years ago

Matt liked this