A classic blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon from just outside the Graves region in Bordeaux. The juice is all tank-fermented not ever seeing a single stave of oak which lends itself to the bright, fresh lemon-lime bouquet. It’s clean and refreshing with stellar fruit balanced by razor sharp acidity. Drink it young or drink it in a few years to let it tame itself a bit, but just drink it! For real treat shuck some fresh oysters and suck ’em down with a splash of this French beauty.
Lionel Osmin 2012 Negrette Rosé
This bone-dry rosé is from the sun-soaked wine region in South-West France and made from 100% Negrette – a dark red grape that produces big, hard, rugged red wines. It does quite the opposite when the maker pulls the skins from the juice to create a delicate, floral, expressive rosé. This is my vote for 2012 Rosé of the Year!
Stunningly beautiful to the eye with a gem-like glimmer, this whole cluster pressed rosé exhibits delicate purity. Aromas of pear and wild strawberry dance from the glass as complex flavors of mineral and herb co-mingle with a vibrant mouth-feel-an absolutely refreshing experience! It is an incredibly versatile wine to pair with food as it can stand up to the more extreme of ethnic cuisines – Asian, Mexican and Indian – yet it is completely comfortable with a simple sandwich or classic French bistro fare.