Visible from the vineyards, the Mediterranean shimmered in the distance while Cedric Gravier pointed to the terraced vineyards located at the top of the hill — “Les Lauves” — with its 1ha of 50- year-old Mourvedre vines planted to calcaraeous soils, from which only a single parcel is vinified to produce Domaine la Suffrene ‘Les Lauves’. A little later in the cellar at Domaine la Suffrene, as Cedric uncorked a sea of vintages ranging from 2011 to 1996, he said, “Everyone knows to age Chateauneuf du Pape and Bordeaux, but these wines are equally ageable.” And while Bandol is known for it’s age-worthy red wines that are also accessible in their youth, there are certainly very few small-plot, old-vintage bottlings that are as generous on the palate as they are on the pocket, like Domaine la Suffrene ‘Les Lauves’.
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Joe & Patrick in the vineyard with Cedric Gravier
“We used to say that rosé wasn’t a real wine, but now it is,” said Cedric Gravier, the winegrower and proprietor at Domaine la Suffrene. In 2003/2004, the production of rosé wines in Bandol surpassed that of red, and currently rosé now totals 70% of all wine produced in Bandol, “But we hope it’ll go down to 50%,” added Cedric, “so we can make more red.” And though most everyone knows that best red wines in Provence come from Bandol, after having the opportunity to taste through a number of vintages of the Domaine la Suffrene Bandol “Les Lauves”, including Cedric’s first vintage in 1996, we can most certainly attest to his desire or need to make more red.
Yesterday we celebrated spring a day early with a tasting of New Rosé wines and Spring Selections. In spite of the snow, hail and rain that’d descended upon the city during those past 24 hours, a cross section of New York’s top somms and buyers were ready to add a splash of color to their wine lists and shop shelves. With a selection of 38 white wines and 23 rosés, including a number of new additions such as Matthiasson Syrah Rosé 2012, Mauritson Family Vineyards White Zin 2012, and Josep Foraster Trepat Cava Rosé 2012, we spun vinyl on the turntable while the room kept filling.
“I’m excited to see your expansion of the domestic portfolio, that people are taking this category seriously,” said Sarah Chappell, wine writer and buyer at vine wine in Brooklyn. ”The Sinskey Vin Gris is a flag bearer of domestic rosé, next to the new kids like Matthiasson.”
And though Steve Matthiasson has been growing vines and making wines on the West Coast for over ten years, it’s just now that his wines have cannonballed the New York market.
Vinisud 2012. One of the most comprehensive and well organized wine expos.
We’ve just received a few photos from JP, who attended Vinisud 2012 this past week with Patrick (our French Portfolio Director) and our visionary leader, TEB. Hosted in Montpellier, France, Vinisud is a Mediterranean wines trade fair that features French producers from Lanquedoc, Roussillon, Provence, the Rhone Valley, Corsica and South-West, alongside wineries from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Tunisia, Turkey, Morocco and Algeria. As noted in the images below, Vinisud is also well attended by a number of our producers…