It's been one of those weeks where the good just keeps getting better. Opportunities are flowing my way and the possibilities appear to be endless. Unfortunately, this bottle of La Manarine Côtes du Rhône rosé was not endless, all the pink drained out before I could snap a photo. At least there's more where this came from, which feels like an opportunity in itself.
I first tasted this wine in June, when it arrived at The Wine Seller here in downtown Florence. Jennifer, the owner, bought it on recommendation from her sales rep and she and her staff were just tasting it for the first time when I wandered into the store. One sip and my exuberance escaped me. "This is fucking delicious!" The staff halted, turned to me as Jennifer uttered, "you've never given a wine in this store a 'fucking delicious' before." It's true; I am exceedingly stingy with my praises.
The Domaine La Manarine is situated in the southern part of the Côtes du Rhône appellation where the unique soils in the domaine's 18 hectares produce unusually refined Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre wines. The vineyards are farmed organically and proprietor and vigneron Gilles Gasq vinifies the white and rosé wines in cement vats, which allow the wines to become the elegant specimens they are.
What struck me first about this rosé, was the vibrant acidity. The pale pink color suggested a gentle pressing of the predominantly Grenache cuveé (the balance 20% each of Mouvedre and Syrah) and the expression of bright fruit, a little earth and a long lovely finish brought it all home for me.
I opened the bottle and sipped my way through over the course of a few days, an aperitif glass here, a Camembert pairing there...finishing with a leftover chicken liver mousse I brought back from John Currence's City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi. T'was divine.
Domaine La Manarine CdR Rosé 2013
$14.99 at The Wine Seller in Florence, Alabama