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Rose, 2018. Chateau Thuerry 21

Rose, 2018. Chateau Thuerry 21

Item #: R1019R2IF
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: A.O.C. Coteaux Varois en Provence, France
Color: Medium Pink
Nose: Strawberry, Apricot
Palate: Enveloping Fruit, Citrus
Finish: Refreshing
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Light Meats, Fowl, Vegetarian/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Basically, one just can't get wines like this except from France - and especially from Provence. This incredible selection is a blend of 61% Grenache and 39% Cinsault. What sets it apart from all other Roses is that the Cinsault vines are almost 100 years old! The yields are much lower with vines of this age, but the flavors are much more intense.

More care is taken to make Theurry Rose than with many of the classified growth Bordeaux. All of the vineyards are on hillsides some 1,500 feet above sea level. The geological occurrences that create these hillsides provide the perfect environment for growing grapes.

The pursuit of perfection can lead to amazing things, and nothing could be clearer here than the beauty and quality of this wine. Low yields, hand harvesting and slow maturation all combine to form a perfect alliance between man, nature and soil.

After the wine is fermented, it rests on the tiny particles of stems, skins and seeds, called "lees." This procedure adds structure and mouthfeel to the brazen fruit flavors emanating from the glass. It couldn't have been made more perfectly.

The aromas are much more imposing than you would expect from Rose. Strawberry and pink grapefruit swirl around cherry soda and a splash of lime. The surprising structure lingers on the palate long afterwards, leaving you wondering, yet craving for more.