Over the years Grand Rouviere has become one of my favorite roses. Every year the Grand Rouviere is elegant and refreshing, with beautiful summery fruit, and just the right touch of wild Provencal herbs. Grand Rouviere is made by the Leydier family, a 5th generation family estate in the Cotes de Provence whose vineyards actually border both the appellations of Bandol and Cassis. The Grand Rouviere estate covers about 50 hectares of rolling hills that are sunny, rocky, and dried by the Mistral wind which helps to prevent problems in the vineyard. They're certified sustainable and aggressively limit yields to produce more concentrated wines.
Aroma: Great aroma of fresh strawberries! The aroma is beautiful and is very vivid and pronounced. The Rouviere also a bit of sweet rich ripe melon aroma along with the strawberry.
Palate: more of that strawberry, but also a real raspberry flavor that gets clearer on the finish. There's great acidity that is just insistent enough to make the Rouviere rose refreshing, but doesn't over shadow the fruit. This is so excellently balanced and perfect for summer picnic food; just the right amount of body with fresh acidity. Delicious.
The Rouviere Rose retails in the mid teens and is for sale at The Munjoy Hill and Brighton Ave Rosemonts, Bow St in Freeport, Bootlegger's in Topsham, The Farm Stand in South Portland, and the Clown in York.