World-famous Club 55 in Saint-Tropez flirts with warm Mediterranean waters and has hosted just about every big-ticket celebrity you can imagine. Known for its thatched beach loungers and tree-studded al fresco dining, it epitomizes the happy-go-lucky attitude of southern France. Today’s offer is a summery collaboration between a small Provençal domaine and one of our very close importer friends: It’s a tribute to Club 55’s exotic ‘getaway’ destination and, unlike the prices you’ll spend at this beach resort, is an incredibly affordable take on classic Provençal rosé.
As this is a small project between importer and producer, you won’t see this limited rosé gracing many shelves or sites. With red, white, and orange fruits populating the creamy palate alongside mineral texture and freshness that is synonymous with Provence, this $19 bottle is amongst the best ‘pink’ values of the year. There is simply no excuse to not to have a stash of cold, beach/lake/pool-ready rosé on hand—any of my close friends will attest to that after opening my industrial-sized fridge. “Club 44” is a top-notch rosé and the ultimate summer pleaser—best of all, it’s available for case purchases today!
Domaine Bagrau, a relatively new estate in the heart of Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, crafted today’s beautiful rosé in collaboration with their boutique US importer. The region of Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, north/northwest of Marseille, sprawls throughout Provence’s western reaches and boasts sunny days, warm temperatures, and sandy-clay soils. After multiple tasting trials, the Bagrau team landed on the blend, which is 80% Grenache with Syrah comprising the rest. All fruit for this cuvée was farmed sustainably and hand picked, after which the grapes were gently pressed and underwent eight hours of maceration, resulting in a beautiful prismatic pink color. Following a cool fermentation in stainless steel, the wine saw additional aging on its lees, which created its vibrant and creamy texture.
In the glass, it’s a bright blush-salmon pink with highly reflective platinum hues—a fitting way to describe the environment it should be consumed in: under the sun’s heat in the close company of friends and family. Despite my playful tone and its generous price, this is an impressive Provençal rose that sports creamy white cherry, white peach flesh, pineberry, raspberries, pink grapefruit, tangerine peel, sea spray, lemon blossoms, white flowers, and waves of crushed rock minerality. The palate is divine: utterly creamy and balanced with elevated acidity and tongue-prickling fruit. Enjoy this as the summer comes to a close, but if you find yourself with too many on hand, there’s absolutely no harm letting it rest until next year. Simply pop and pour into all-purpose stems and keep the drinking temperature around 40-45 degrees. Enjoy next to a body of water with a quick preparation of watermelon salad mixed with herbs and feta. Now if that isn’t a perfect Mediterranean combo, I don’t know what is! Cheers!
Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
Sand & Stony Clay