A few months ago, Christi and Matthew and I tasted through a range of 2013 French Rose’s to decide which 2013s to buy. We were very persnickety and so bought fewer pink wines than in some years past. At that time we were tasting either tank samples or, in some cases, barely bottled wines and so did not take notes for use in describing the wines. Now that the wines are here, I’m re-tasting them to give accurate notes. This 2013 Ch. de Lancyre is the latest iteration of a consistent year-to-year favorite that thrill s on release and has the stuffing and character to last and even improve for a couple of years (The 2012 improved for the first 8-9 months and is still drinking great). It is a bit more expensive than the run-of-the-mill Rosé but well worth the “bit more.” Ch. de Lancyre is an estate owned by two families in Pic Saint Loup, the best part of the Languedoc.
Ch. de LANCYRE Rosé, Pic Saint Loup, 2013 ($17.09)
A 13.5% alcohol blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault grown on clay (for fruit) and limestone (for minerality) at 2,000 feet of elevation about 15 miles inland from the Mediterranean sea with hot days and cool (60° or less) nights. Made using both rapid cuvaison and saignee techniques with fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with some lees stirring and no oak contact. Salmon-pink in color with good legs; dry, medium-light-bodied with crisp acidity and scant phenolics. Vivid red fruit in the raspberry and strawberry range with some cherry and enough citrus to give it a thrilling balance. Fresh and vivid and alive in the mouth. The mineral component is there along with a surprising (but welcome) richness and a bit of earthiness. Lovely classic pure Rosé for summer picnic foods and some richer meals. This is more than just another “porch pounder.” Delicious. BearScore: 92.
ROSÉ WINE QUOTE:
Let’s get ready to stumble! – paraphrasing wrestling ring announcer Michael Buffer