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Rose, 2018. Oh La La

Rose, 2018. Oh La La

Item #: R1019R1IF
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Entre-Deux-Mers, France
Color: Fresh Pink
Nose: Rich Peach, Pink Grapefruit
Palate: Lively Peach, Cassis
Finish: Very Long, Berry, Spice
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2024/Seafood, Fowl, Vegetarian/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This is truly a rare bird indeed: a Rose from Bordeaux. There is so little Rose made in this area that some wine references don't even list it as existing there at all. Here's proof it does!

Our selection comes from the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation, from a property that's been in the Despagne family for over 200 years. Famille Despagne, the family wine business, is now run by the seventh generation, winemaker Thibault Despagne and his sister Basaline.

The Bordeaux holdings of the Despagne family are impressive, with seven notable properties. Upholding and maintaining that history is a massive undertaking, not to mention expensive, but they've made the commitment.

It also takes a lot of commitment to make Rose in Bordeaux, the most famous appellation on Earth. Obviously, Famille Despagne can't charge as much for a Rose as they could for a red wine, especially when it's 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

But, in this case, it makes a great wine. And that is Despagne's real legacy, one that we absolutely salute them for. What is amazing is how delicious this wine is. We wish more winemakers would make Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, but alas, few do.

Oh La La is a bit richer and fuller than most Roses, featuring light cassis and a touch of anise, as you would find in a red made from Cabernet. The finish seems to last for minutes instead of seconds. Oh La La indeed.