2022 Domaine de Triennes, Rosé, IGP Mediterranee, France.
Made from a blend of mostly Cinsault, plus Grenache, along with a small dose of Syrah and uniquely some Merlot, the 2022 Triennes Rosé is my favorite vintage so far from this label, which I first tried back in around 2000 or so. The 2022 is vibrantly crisp and precise, in keeping with the Provence style of pinks, with a zesty, mineral and delicately fruited focus on the medium bodied palate that shows ruby grapefruit, sour cherry, strawberry and watermelon along with a touch of rosewater, wet stones and light herbal tones. Cold harvested at night, the grapes see just a few hours on the skins and get a cool low temperature stainless steel fermentation, after which the Rosé is rested on the fine lees for a few months before bottling, all to capture all the nuance and energy with pure transparency foremost in mind. The pale color invites sip after sip and moderate alcohol allows for this Rosé to be enjoyed all day long! Winemaker, Rémy Laugier, who’s in charge these days at Triennes, has nailed in this vintage and the promise of this estate is fully on display and I can’t wait to enjoy a few more bottles of this one this Summer.
The Domaine de Triennes, which is located in Nans-les-Pins, in southeastern France, an undiscovered and rustic locale, just 30 kilometers from the Mediterranean, was originally founded in1990 by Jacques Seysses, from Domaine Dujac, Aubert de Villaines, from iconic Domaine de la Romanée Conti, and Michel Macaux, a Parisian, who helped acquire this unique 46-hectare Mediterranean estate. The name, Triennes is a reference to Triennia, the Roman festival for Bacchus, that was held each year to celebrate wine and good living. Very much keeping with their Burgundian principals, Triennes is committed to its terroir and nature, and in 2008 They began its organic conversion with Ecocert which, according to the winery, should lead to its certification soon, though they have used mainly holistic methods since the start. The cooler micro-climate here aids in the freshness of their whites and this Rosé, which they are most famous for. The popularity of these wines has grown steadily and now Triennes is much in demand world wide, making them expand the production and Triennes has state-of-the art facilities with big capacity temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, allowing them to keep things bright and fresh. Now Triennes has 46 hectares of Syrah, Viognier, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot from which to make their collection of wines, so it’s not just Rosé here, but it certainly is the one to draw you in.
($18 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive