It has been really warm in SoCal over the last few weeks and I have been constantly sipping Rosé. I recently picked up a bottle of 2013 Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris from a local wine shop and was blown away by what I tasted. This is my favorite Rosé of the season for under $20 by a landslide!
A blend of 70% Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir; 10% Mourvèdre; 10% Carignan; 10% Cinsault from Corbieres. This wine undergoes no malolactic fermentation and is made with minimal intervention in the winemaking process. 12.5% alcohol and a retail price of around $14.
The beautiful salmon color of Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris is really striking. The nose has fresh aromas of watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries The palate is lively and refreshing. There are tastes of red cherries and strawberries along with hints of citrus. The finish is crisp and will keep you reaching for more. A fantastic tasting and well-made wine at a great price!
In continuing with some great wine finds currently available at Whole Foods in SoCal, I want to highlight 2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge. The winemaker, Yves Laboucarié, comes from a family that has been making wine since the 17th century. He is continually seeking innovation in the winemaking process (new cuvees, whole-cluster fermentation, temperature controlled steel vats, etc.) without stepping away from core values of sustainable farming and minimal treatments. I have enjoyed his Gris de Gris Rosé many times in the past, but this is the first chance I had to try the Rouge.
A blend of Carginan, Grenache, and Syrah from the Corbières region of Languedoc-Roussillon in France. 13.5% alcohol and a retail price at Whole Foods of $14.99.
2012 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Rouge begins with aromas of cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and spice. The palate is balanced with smooth, integrated tannins. There are tastes of blueberries and raspberries with hints of earth and licorice. Smooth, delicious, and super easy to drink! Pair with burgers, steak, or duck.
If you never pick up a wine or two from Languedoc, you might be missing out. The South of France offers some incredible wines for very reasonable prices. I just had the chance to try Domaine Sainte Eugenie Corbières 2010. It is a delicious blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah that retails for under $13.
This balanced wine is loaded with tastes of bright, red fruit. Interwoven with the cherries, cranberries, and raspberries are tastes of anise and sweet spices. Pair with roasted duck or burgers and you can’t go wrong! (B, 13.5%)