The Can't Miss Rosé:
2019 Chene Bleu Vaucluse Rosé
Chêne Bleu is my go-to rosé.
I've never encountered a rosé that's such a sure thing. Everyone I recommend Chêne Bleu to loves it and comes back for more.
I reached deep into our Rhône inventory and checked out what we have from Provence and Languedoc as well. You'll find Allemand Reynard, mags of old Tempier, Verset, and plenty of other rarities.
Bonneau's wines exist on another level, especially Célestins. They are peerless and singular Châteauneufs. Bonneau's unyielding traditionalism reaches its zenith in the Célestins bottling.
Beaucastel is a name that looms large for those obsessed with the Southern Rhône.
Anytime that I have the opportunity to sit down with one of Bonneau's wines I get very excited. They are some of the most magical and soulful wines around. He was the grand old wise man of the Southern Rhône. There is simply nothing like Bonneau's Châteauneufs. I write all of this with a fair amount of melancholy. Sadly, Henri Bonneau passed away this March.