Must Try Wine of the Week: Domaine de Reuilly 2013 Pinot Gris Rosé Reuilly, France

I have to give Kermit Lynch his due. As a retailer, distributor, and national importer he finds some really interesting and really nice wines to bring into the U.S. market. And, this particular Rosé is one of them.

It comes from Reuilly, a small village east of the Loire Valley region of France. Reuilly (pronounced hrew-yee) has its own appellation for red, rosé, and white wines made from pinot noir, pinot gris, and sauvignon blanc respectively. Like the Loire Valley, Reuilly is still a relatively cool region, although the growing conditions here are both warmer and drier than the Loire Valley. The producer, Domaine de Reuilly, is owned by Denis Jamain, and has been in the family since 1935. He currently farms organically, but is converting to biodynamic methods.

As you might imagine, the pinot gris grape is a member of the pinot family, and originally from the Burgundy region. It’s thought to be a mutation of the pinot noir grape. Pinot gris is grown worldwide and is synonymous with the grape pinot grigio. It’s the same grape, but the name varies depending on where it’s grown. Grape color ranges from light purple to brownish red, with several deviations in between. Most pinot gris is produced as a white wine, meaning there is very little grape skin contact with the pulp, which is white. Rosé versions have more skin contact, hence the wine’s light rosé color.

Now, onto the wine. First, let me say that if you’re looking for a semi-sweet cocktail-like rosé, you can stop reading now. It has more delicate nuances and moderate acidity, so it craves food to bring out the best of both. It’s light salmon in color, the aromas are at once lightly floral, fruity, and savory, and the subtle flavors are of red berry and a hint of citrus. It has a juicy, mouthwatering acidity that carries through the long finish, and it’s a terrific match for both soft and hard cheeses, as well as shellfish and charcuterie. At Wine Exchange and Best Wines Online for $17.

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