Printemps. Warm weather has arrived on the east coast at last. Baseball is back, the marathon is tomorrow, and we’re dusting off those patio chairs to soak in some sun. And in the glass, it’s finally rosé season again. We’re usually not too beholden to seasonal drinking patterns, but there’s nothing quite like a glass of cool rosé with the warm sun on your back.
While readers wait for the 2015 Goubert Rosé to arrive with Futures next month, we’re happy to report that the 2014 is still drinking beautifully, perhaps even better than last summer. There’s still plenty of freshness, and it has added beautiful notes of wild honey and thyme. We’ve reserved a few cases of the 2014 to pour at a festival in a few weeks, but the rest is up for grabs.
Soleil. Rosé de Flo is the newest project from the Domaine les Goubert, long our favorite source for Gigondas. It’s a project of the family’s thirtysomething daughter Florence, who is now handling much of the winemaking at Goubert. The 2014 is a blend of grenache, mourvèdre, and an unusual local grape called brun argenté. In the glass it’s a beautiful darker-than-usual pink-purple, with notes of wild strawberry jam and faint lavender.
Because it’s grown further south, there’s more material in the mouth — it’s just a tad fuller than a rosé from Alsace or the Loire. But the mouth is dry and beautifully balanced, showing raspberries and lemon rind.
Bone dry, with 13% alcohol and a delicate acidity, this wine is dangerously easy to drink. Open one with a salad or tapenade and you’ll be transported to Provence. Open one on a sweltering afternoon later this summer, and you’ll watch it disappear with impressive haste.
GOUBERT Rosé de Flo 2014
Ansonia Retail: $18
case, half-case: $14.95/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
or call Tom: (617) 249-3657
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