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The Mâconnais area of southern Burgundy is home to my favourite Burgundy wine producer, Domaine Thibert. When I last visited the winery with a view to buying several of their white wines I was so impressed with this rosé that I added it to the portfolio.
Domaine Thibert, run by brother and sister, Christophe and Sandrine Thibert, practises organic viticulture and minimum intervention preferring to let the "terroir" and the oak ageing show through in its wines. Read more about Domaine Thibert in my featured winery blog.
As you might expect from a Burgundy wine made by a first class producer, this wine is fairly full in body, complex in flavour and will keep longer than most rosé wines. It's produced from the Gamay grape more usually seen in the red wines of Beaujolais which are perfect fruity summer red wines.
After an inital blast of crisp acidity this wine smooths out to envelop the mouth with its fruity flavours and smooth texture. Fruit flavours include redcurrants and raspberries with a hint of citrus. It's delicious served chilled - if served too cold however you will miss all the beautiful flavours.
Be careful pouring the last few drops as sometimes there may be a deposit which is harmless and a natural consequence of minimum or no filtration, ensuring, in Domaine Thibert's words, "full aromatic expression and richness of flavour."
A refreshing rosé that can be consumed on its own but given that is also has a little more body than many rosés, it will also pair well with a range of foods including salads, canapés, fish and shellfish, patés, charcuteries, cheese, chicken and turkey.
"An exceptional Burgundy rosé.
Soils: from porphyries or sandstone and Triassic clays
Tasting: rosé, with a fine aromatic freshness and featuring a good degree of elegant full-bodied taste.
Vinification and ageing: similar to that of whites. This wine is made with Gamay grapes, pressed directly, maintaining fruitiness and a pleasant pale colour.
Suggested ageing before drinking: 2 to 3 years"
An exceptional Burgundy rosé produced from the Gamay grape. As you might expect it has greater depth and a fuller body than many rosé wines - and will keep for longer