Bieler Pere et Fils Rose Sabine 2018
Wine Spectator's Top 100 Values of 2018
Our goal is find the delicate balance between floral, herbal, wild red fruit (not overly ripe), stone fruit and acid. The wine naturally is a beautiful balance between red fruit and acid structure, without either element overpowering the other. Notes of raspberry, cherry, peach, herbal, citrus and mineral core. Blend: Grenache 48%, Syrah 19%, Cinsault 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12%, Rolle 6%
In 1992, Charles Bieler’s father, Philippe Bieler, founded Chateau Routas in Coteaux Varois – a small appellation in the middle of Provence. The winery focused on Grenache based red blends and rosé. It is there, starting in 1998, that Charles learned the wine business and started producing wine. In 2005, there was a great opportunity to sell the winery and estate and Philippe took it. Philippe and Charles founded Bieler Père et Fils that same year and have never looked back.
A fantastic source of dry rosés from the usual red Rhône varieties, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence is a coastal, hilly region whose variations in elevations and microclimates make it ideal for viticulture. Red and a small amount of white wine, also made from Rhône grape varieties, is found here as well.
Whether it’s playful and fun or savory and serious, most rosé today is not your grandmother’s White Zinfandel, though that category remains strong. Pink wine has recently become quite trendy, and this time around it’s commonly quite dry. Since the pigment in red wines comes from keeping fermenting juice in contact with the grape skins for an extended period, it follows that a pink wine can be made using just a brief period of skin contact—usually just a couple of days. The resulting color depends on grape variety and winemaking style, ranging from pale salmon to deep magenta.