Our Robert Kacher Selections producer, Mas Carlot, was featured in the article “20 Best Rosé Wines Under $20″ by Nick Passmore on Forbes.com. Please read below:
Everyone’s climbing on the rosé bandwagon.
And I don’t mean just drinkers – a couple of years behind consumers discovering the pleasures of summer pink, the producers are piling on too, and it’s not always a pretty sight.
American winemakers seem to be thinking: “I want some of this action. How hard can it be to make rosé?” Well, it’s a lot harder than you’d imagine. Rosé might be a simple wine but it’s not simple to make, and there’s an awful lot of third rate stuff hitting the shelves this spring, labels that didn’t exist a couple of years ago.
Then Provence, spiritual home of the current rosé boom, is not immune to the problems of sudden fame either.
The supply of grapes is inflexible, at least in the short term, so, as demand has risen, producers have scrambled to find grapes, any grapes, to fill all those bottles the public is suddenly clamoring for.
Small producers who own their vineyards are all set, but larger brands that buy grapes from growers, especially those new to the region, find themselves paying more for less.
The winemaker for a famous rosé name told me, somewhat indiscreetly, that his biggest problem was finding enough grapes. Note he didn’t say “enough good grapes” just “enough grapes.” Telling.
Preparing for this article I tasted dozens of indifferent rosés from Provence. Not bad rosés, not undrinkable rosés, but uninteresting rosés, rosés lacking any sense of fruit, of liveliness. This an indication of inferior grapes.
And the less said about some California versions, the better.
The good news is you really don’t have to pay a fortune to drink good rosé, there are dozens of really enjoyable vins at under $20, and here are my picks.
Mas Carlot Rosé 2016
Costières de Nimes. France, $10
50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Look no further for reasons not to spend beaucoup de l’argent on any rosé, especially the Provencal version. Here you’ll encounter an explosion of June strawberries tinged with rocky crispness at half the qualifying price for this article.