Domaine de Ramatuelle Tibouren Rosé 2019
Tibouren｜Côtes de Provence
Rosé isn't just for summer! I, for one, could use a little bit of Mediterranean sunshine during these ever-shorter days.
Just outside of Saint-Tropez along the Côte d'Azure, Domaine de Ramatuelle is a multi-generation farm and winery in the beautiful Côtes de Provence appellation. This "Tibouren" rosé is made from the eponymous Tibouren grape, an exceedingly rarified heritage grape that is barely known outside of the French riviera. In fact it's a red grape, part of blends that go into local wines, along with over a dozen other varietals. Domaine de Ramatuelle has some incredibly old plantings of Tibouren, over 100 years old, that are dry-farmed, organic, and made with little intervention.
When pressed quickly off its skins the red Tibouren grape produces a fragrant, exotically spiced rosé tinted with a light salmon-pink hue.
Vibrant and shimmering – rosés like this are lovingly described as vin gris – a subtle hue – not quite white, delicately pink. Rosewater, nectarine, orange oil, with a brisk finish of salted lemon, sea spray, and melon rind. Perfectly dry, with a hint of garrigue – the wild olive tree-and-rosemary scrub that grows wild across the land.
This is yet another Prologue Wine Co. exclusive. Imagine setting up next to a fire, beginning the evening with a glass of this rare rosé. Or better yet, don't imagine it – grab some now and see for yourself!