Triennes Vin de Provence Rosé 2015
Wine: Triennes Rosé
Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Merlot
A few weeks ago, this wine showed up in several corners around New Orleans, and each time I spotted it, a personal recommendation and exclamation came with. "You know it's DRC, right?" For those of you not acquainted with DRC, and by "acquainted" I mean "heard of", Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is one of the most sought after and highly respected wine estates in the world. It is the pinnacle of red Burgundy that fetches prices only the 1% can afford. *Most of us will never taste the wine or hold a bottle in our hands.
This rosé is not DRC. It is, however, a partnership between DRC co-owner Aubert de Villaine and another highly respected Burgundy producer, Domaine Dujac founder Jacques Seysses. Put two wine genius minds together and the result is bound to be impressive, even if it is a little inexpensive pink from down south. Their mutual friend Michel Macaux joined the project and together they been sustainably and organically farming quality wines in the Var Department, east of Aix en Provence since the early aughts.
I was going to select this wine for August edition of the Vine Club, a monthly wine club I collaborate on with The Carriage Wine and Market in Florence, Alabama, but instead I'm sharing it here. Honestly, *my sister was married last Thursday and this was the pink I selected for the celebration and a few bottles were left, which we brought along on our family vacation on Perdido Key, Florida.
The Triennes Rosé 2015 is predominantly cinsault grape with grenache, syrah and merlot finishing out the blend. Low yields are emphasized in the 34-hectare vineyard, which concentrates fruit and raises the potential for high quality wines, followed by night harvesting, which helps keep the fruit cool and stave off fermentation before reaching the winery. Made from pressed juice and cold fermented until dry, the Triennes rosé is a lovely summer quaffer with the expected strawberry and floral notes on the nose and palate. Good acidity gives it structure and finesse. Perfect for lazing about oceanside.
*I've done both, but no need to brag.
*My sister and now brother-in-law asked me to officiate the ceremony. It was lovely. Yes, I'm for hire.