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Thursday, May 21, 2009

The best rose I've had all year

At half the price of Tempier and a stylistic counterpoint to Mordoree, this exemplifies why my knees buckle from great Pinot Noir rose.

Lucien Crochet Pinot Noir Rose '08

It seems like there is something about Sancerre’s pedigree that bodes exceptionally well for Rose (or it could be simply due to the Pinot Noir influence) and Lucien Crochet’s ’08 is a case and point. The nose is redolent of the strawberry fields I used to traipse through as a kid, w/ flickers of green apple peel, rose petals, watermelon and chalk dust scents filling out the bouquet. The mouth-feel has a crystalline purity to it, akin to the juicy sensation of biting into freshly picked fruit. This is a seamless beauty, w/ uncanny finesse and a nervy mineral core that unfolds itself slowly on the long finish. It may seem crazy for me to say, but this rose seems crafted to age a la Cotat, 92 points.


Blogger Brad Coelho said...

Another impressive showing from Pibarnon:

Pibarnon Rose, '08
In typical Bandol fashion, this is a beefier, much more seriously structured take on rose, as the reserved nose lets hints of seashell, damp earth, tobacco, plum and lemon blossom notes flutter from the glass. The wine has a big, mouth-filling presence, w/ an almost chewy core of fruit pumping through the palate, undercut by a sandstone like minerality that ripples through the finish. An impressive showing that really puts hair on your chest, this could stand up to pork easily, 90 points.

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