On Island. This weekend we’ve been pouring wines at the Nantucket Wine Festival. Besides some favorite Burgundies from the Domaine Michel Gros, our table featured two reds and a rosé from the Domaine les Goubert in Gigondas. If the clear Provençal sun didn’t quite last the weekend on the island, the Nantucket breezes did their best impression of the blustery mistral.
Based on a quick tour of the tent, it’s clear that rosé continues its explosion in popularity. We think good rosé should be three things: inexpensive, dry, and refreshing. And while we’re mildly biased, we thought the Goubert Rosé showed better yesterday than several others at twice the price. The Rosé de Flo strikes a beautiful balance between ripe, honeyed fruit, and crisp lemony acidity.
Sur la plage. Many readers picked up the 2014 Goubert Rosé de Flo, which continues to drink beautifully today. But with meteorologists predicting that the impending summer will be a scorcher, there’s no such thing as too much rosé in the fridge. The Domaine les Goubert’s Rosé de Flo, you’ll remember, is the eponymous project of the family’s daughter Florence, who now handles much of the winemaking responsibilities.
The 2015 Rosé de Flo is a worthy successor to the popular 2014. This year’s blend is Grenache, Mourvèdre, and a local grape called “Vacarrèse;” Florence told us to expect slightly less spice and fresher fruit in this vintage, and she was spot on. The nose shows fresh-cut hay and wild strawberries; the mouth is round and ripe, but bolstered by excellent crisp acidity.
Anyone headed to a beach this year — on Nantucket or elsewhere — would do well to bring along a well-chilled bottle of this rosé. And for those stuck working in Boston, Philly, or DC, we recommend (with no shortage of experience) a summer evening glass of this on a roofdeck.
GOUBERT Rosé de Flo 2015
Ansonia Retail: $19
case, half-case: $14.95/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
or call Tom: (617) 249-3657
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