At our annual rosé tasting this past weekend we had many new additions to our lineup. Covered were a wide range of regions, varieties, and styles. The room was packed with thirsty San Diegans scribbling notes and getting acquainted with the new vintage.When the dust settles and orders have been placed one truth seems to carry over each spring: Triennes dominates.
As a category, rosé should be able to deliver in the value realm as well as any wine. And over the years it's become clear this space that has little room for competition. The success of the Provençal brainchild of Domaine Dujac & Aubert de Villaine ofDomaine de la Romanée-Conti shouldn't come as a surprise at $17 per bottle. These hallowed names of Burgundy came together in 1989 to form this estate on a high altitude, limestone and clay-dominant parcel 18 miles from the Mediterranean.
Triennes impresses each year for the delicate and floral qualities that's indicative of the best of Provence. Where it truly shines is in texture, suave and seamlessly showing a pedigree that wines 2x the price claim through glossy marketing ads, but never deliver in glass. As is standard, the 2016 is comprised of Cinsault with small portions of Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot.
2016 is also an exciting vintage for the south of France. Rebounding from the unusually hot 2015, this year we see a return to the more crisp and refreshing elements that make the top rosés nearly irresistible.
It's always a pleasure to offer this home run rosé at the start of summer. We've included magnums for those who plan their parties properly.
2016 Triennes Rosé
$17 per bottle.
2016 Triennes Rosé 1.5L
$35 per bottle.