New rosés from France continue to arrive. Contrary to the belief of some, summer is not the only time of the season to enjoy rosé. It can be enjoyed any time the weather is warm and I especially like to have rosé (along with beaujolais) at Thanksgiving. So with that in mind, and also as a reminder of summer, here are some notes on more 2010 rosés from France. (To read my previous notes on 2010 rosés click here.)
2010 Domaine de la Tour du Bon Rosé Bandol
Pale salmon pink in color, this wine has a gorgeous perfume with floral, herbal, and mineral nuances and hints of spice, melon, and citrus. It is elegant and has great balance with subtle, yet complex, flavors that show floral, herbal nuances with underlying tinges of pear, citrus, and mineral. The finish is long and crisp. This is an absolutely stunning rosé. — Extraordinary. $29 Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.
2010 Regis Bouvier Rosé Marsannay
With a pale copper color showing a faint golden hue, this rosé of pinot noir has a lovely perfume with hints of spice, cherry, and citrus fruits. It is a lovely, elegant, fruity rosé with a nice citrus-tinged crispness on the finish. — Highly Recommended. $19.80 Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.
2010 Antoine Arena Rosé Patriminio
Light golden orange in color with a golden edge, this is an unusual rosé that may very well just need a little bottle age to round out. It’s nice, but closed. With air it opened a little, which is a good sign. The wine has a faintly mineral-tinged perfume with floral, citrus, and herbal nuances. It is bright and very crisp with mineral and citrus tinges backed by a delicate fruitiness. The finish is very crisp. — Highly Recommended. $36 Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.
2010 Domaine de Gioielli Rosé Vin de Pays de L’Ile de Beauté
Pale salmon pink in color with a faint golden hue and a golden edge, this rosé has a gorgeous perfume showing hints of melon and peach with a floral nuance and a tinge of spice. It is rounded with a nice underlying crispness and the flavors are subtle, but complex, with spice, melon, citrus, and herbs backed by floral nuance. The wine is delicious and has a lovely citrus tinge on the finish. — Outstanding. $32 Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.
— John Tilson, Underground Wine Letter