Pretty in Pink: 2020 La Cave du Prieure Gamay Rose

Pretty in Pink: 2020 La Cave du Prieure Gamay Rose

After tasting some three dozen dry rose, I think I've decided this one is my favorite. From the chalky, limestone slopes of Savoie, this is everything I look for in dry rose and more.

Gorgeously aromatic, super refreshing, and wonderfully pure, this is both easy-to-drink and sophisticated. One of the elements present here that many roses in this price range lack is MINERAL. Just like the stony minerality found in top-flight Sancerre, Chablis, and Mosel Riesling, this one exudes that sense of place that all world-class wines do. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

La Cave du Prieure Gamay Rose

2020 La Cave du Prieure Gamay Rose | On sale through June 26, 2021.

On Deal: $15.99/bottle ($17.99 regular price)

Buy 6 or more bottles of this one, and I'll knock it down to $13.99 per bottle!

93 points Josh Spurling - "My favorite dry rose of 2021!"

To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.

The Barlet Family have farmed the chalky slopes of Jongieux for 5 generations. These elevated, steep, and south-facing vineyard sites can only be worked by hand, and brothers Pascal, Noel, and Julien take great pride in the fruits of their labor. We just get to enjoy the fruits of their labor, but if you end up drinking this wine, remember that it came from a dedicated and hard-working, family-run estate.

Even better, the wines are brought to us by Asheville's own Rise Over Run, a small importer and distributor dedicated to stocking, promoting, and selling "singular wines from diverse and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them." Their mission is similar to ours, and there's a real connection between us, them, and the small growers they represent.

Now, back to the wine. This is 100% Gamay, the same grape you'd find growing due east in Beaujolais. Gamay's natural freshness and red fruit character make it a perfect grape for crafting dry rose. When you combine that with rocky, mineral-rich soils and the Barlet's cooler, elevated sites, it all comes together to create a wine of true joy.

This is a quintessentially Alpine wine — full of mountain herbs and charged with freshness brought on by steep slopes and high elevations. The nose is truly thrilling, offering up gorgeous aromas of tart strawberry, raspberry, crushed rock, green herbs, and white flowers. Even better is the palate, which balances ripe fruit with zesty acids to create a completely balanced texture and mouthfeel.

All in all, this is the "good stuff," and you'll be very happy when you get some in your glass. Enjoy this one with fresh summer fare -- think lots of green veggies and light flaky fish and shrimp. It also would make a great beach or pool beverage. You get the point. 

To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville