Domaine de Terrebrune, Bandol 2016Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
Georges Delille founded Domaine Terrebrune in 1963, a few years after the AOC of Bandol was founded in 1941. The noble variety of Mourvedre was making its comeback and winemakers were uprooting vines and replanting left and right. Georges even followed some advice from Domaine Tempier patriarch, Lucien Peyraud. In 1980, Georges’ son Reynauld joined him in the winemaking; they bottled their first vintage together shortly after. Limestone is of utmost importance in the thirty hectares of the Terrebrune vines with plenty of variation from site to site. Domaine Terrebrune is named in honor of the healthy brown soils that the family farms strictly organically.
The classic Provencal varieties come together in a blend of the noble Mourvedre, Grenache, and Cinsault. The vines are about 20 years old with various types of limestone and clay. The wine ages for 18 months in oak foudres with the ability to age effortlessly for 30 years.
Grand Cros, Brut Rose "La Rivale"Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Mourvèdre and Cinsault
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that, purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés. Add some bubbles, and we can return to the above question: what’s not to love?
Grand Cros, Rose 2019Regular price $17.00 Save $-17.00
Variety: Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that, purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
– take a dip into the Mediterranean! Refreshing with some strawberry and melon lift, grounded with some fennel notes.
The Grand Cros Rosé is another bottling of the wine that includes Cabernet and Carignan as well as Grenache and Cinsault in the mix. The vines also come from a broader area of the appellation of Provence.
Jules, Cotes de Provence Rose 2020Regular price $14.00 Save $-14.00
Variety: Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carignan
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that,
purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in
1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
The namesake cuvée of the owner, designed to get straight to the point on taste and value. Reds (Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah) and a pinch of Rolle (that’s French for Vermentino), create a classic Provencal blend.
La Baronne, Les Chemins de Traverse 2018Regular price $26.00 Save $-26.00
Variety: Grenache and Cinsault
If you take some doctors, whose family has some old land holdings, and let them be farmers you end up with some pretty amazing juice. They care about all the health benefits of wine and they cut out all the things that are bad for you. They just make wine from grapes, pretty simple. They may be called “natural” but these are truly wines we crave and love. Jean is the village doctor and he and his wife have family ties in the wine world dating back to the 16th century. The family farms with organic, intuitive practices to preserve the life of the soils and the entire property works as an eco-system. There are some incredibly old vines on site, over 115 years old, and it is pretty special to have access to this age of rootstock.
The name of this bottle means “Crossroads.” The Lignère family openly admits their love for the often overlooked and neglected Carignan. They purposefully made this blend of Grenache and Cinsault to share their love for the other varieties that thrive in the Corbieres appellation. The vines come from the slopes of the Alaric mountain.
Maxime Magnon, Corbieres Rozeta Rouge 2017Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Carignan, Grenache, and Cinsault
Maxime is truly one of the movers and shakers in the wine world today. Pushing the natural wine movement forward and producing wines with integrity and personality. His property is in the South Eastern appellation of Corbiéres in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Maxime understands that learning from the greats of the wine world gives you an unprecedented knowledge of the vineyard and winemaking, hence his time spent training with the famed Jean Foillard in Morgon. Truly a naturalist at heart, his wines show the terrior -- pure rock and garrigue, wild herbs and shrubs -- that covers this part of France.
Magnon’s studies in Beaujolais come across clearly in this Carignan forward field blend. In a region where the climate, weather, and rock are apt to produce wines that are cloying, whole cluster carbonic maceration, a technique borrowed from the aforementioned realm of Gamay, lends lift and freshness. Pair that with the quintessential southern savory herbiness, another nod to the north with ageing in old Chassagne-Montrachet barrels, and you’ve got an enigmatic winner.
Pedro Parra y Familia, Pencopolitano Valle del Itata 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cinsault and Pais
Pedro Parra’s story may be unlike any other in the modern wine world. He was born in Concepción in central Chile and opted to obtain his PhD in terroir from the Paris Center of Agriculture. He spent 15 years consulting all over the world learning and growing. He has been coined as the leader of the “New Chile” winemaking movement and known as the “rock whisperer.” Now that he has settled with family in his hometown in Concepción, his current project is in full effect. Nearby are the remote viticultural areas of Bio Bio Valley and Itata Valley. Pedro has found a home here as the granitic mountains are isolated. Most importantly, winemaking has been uninterrupted by modern farming techniques. No roads led there, no irrigation, no conventional farming, no introduction of Bordeaux varieties. Time has stopped, the vineyards here average 45 to 120 year old vines. For Pedro Parra, who has stated “You cannot grow terroir,” the mysterious Itata Valley was the most natural choice to make wine.
“Pencopolitano” is the name of this wine, which means citizen of Concepción, which is Pedro’s home to his family, and additionally home to all his wines. The Cinsault and Pais blend is aged in untoasted barrels and cement for one year and another eight months in bottle before release. This bottle may overwhelmingly surprise you in its style, complexity, and purity.
Rimbert, le Petit Cochon Bronze Rose 2020Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah
Jean-Marie Rimbert was born in Provence, though he didn’t have a background in winemaking, rather as an agriculturist. He’s been making wine for about 40 years as a humble servant of the earth in the Saint Chinian appellation of the Languedoc. He’s been managing the vineyards organically since 2003. His purpose in doing this is not to affect the quality of the wine; instead he wants to maintain the vineyards in a way that doesn’t alter the environment. “I’m in it for the long term.”
This rose is for the people who don’t have a pool and need that refreshment! The sun-tanned pig drives the point home that you need this wine during the hot summer months. This rose sits on the skins for just 36 hours to give its beautiful pink color. It then ages in stainless steel that is half submerged in the earth to keep the wine as close to cellar temperature as possible.
Saint-Michel d'Esclans, Cotes de Provence Rose 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
The land of Château d’Esclans dates back about 2500 years due to its significant coastal position. Winemaking began in the middle of the 19th century. After this, the estate changed ownership multiple times, though consistently making the iconic dry rose wines the Cotes de Provence is known for. There are 345 acres of vineyards devoted mostly to old vine Grenache followed by Cinsault and Merlot.
This rose is done in the traditional Provencal style; verging on full-bodied, mineral-driven, textural, and dry with the right amount of tart fruits. The wine is vinified in both larger barrels and stainless steel.
Tempier, Bandol Rose 2020Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
According to importer Kermit Lynch, no other winemaker stands more in the defense of terroir than the Peyraud family of Domaine Tempier. When Lulu Tempier married Lucien Peyraud, her father gave them the domaine, an active farm that had been in the family for 100 years. After tasting a pre-phylloxera bottle of Tempier Bandol, Lucien was inspired to research the terroir. Up until then, old vineyards planted with Mourvèdre had been regularly replanted to higher-yielding varieties. More research not only showed its historical roots to the area, but the grape proved to be more resistant to oxidation. Lucien worked with neighboring winemakers and the I.N.A.O. to establish Bandol as its own AOC. Replanting of Mourvèdre began; Bandol now requires a fifty percent minimum in all reds. Lucien has been paraded as the godfather of Bandol, but also as the man who revived Mourvédre to its former glory.
Tempier rosé is considered the greatest rosé by many collectors. The wine ages well for a rosé, though tricky to find. The demand is high and the allocations are low. The blend is about half Mourvèdre, and the rest divided between Grenache and Cinsault.