I've got my chair tipped back, my feet up and a glass of
dripping, shimmering, gorgeous Couly Dutheil
Rosé in my hand, as I watch the late afternoon
melt kaleidoscopically into early evening. A
I'm drinking Rosé all year round but in the summertime it has a special place. Picnics and barbecues beg for Rosé and a vacation weekend is incomplete without it. With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July coming you should be stocking up.
This is some classy Rosé! I knew I was
going to like it because when Arnaud Couly of
Domaine Couly-Dutheil makes a wine he really
pours himself into it, but I didn't expect to
be completely conquered by its nervy little
Many of us are now very familiar with the
Domaine Couly Dutheil. They've got a line-up
of some of the best Loire Valley Chinons :
succulent Baronnie Madeleine, Clos de
l'Echo, and the very delicious and rare
Chinon Les Chanteaux but his Rosé made
from 100% Cabernet Franc takes Rosé to a new
Arnaud's Rosé brings beautiful warm spring
and summer days right to my lips. You can
taste the powerful red berry fruit (Rosé should
never just taste like pink white wine - in fact, you can think of this Rosé as a red wine meant to be drunk chilled) and
there is that zing of fresh, perfect acidity
in your mouth. The color is like a perfect
sunset after a perfect day of summer.
And it comes from one of the most beautiful
villages in all of France: Chinon. I've been
drinking Chinon for twenty-five years. But, I
cannot taste a Chinon without a vivid picture
of the village popping into my mind.
Domaine Couly Dutheil has been making some of
the Loire's best wines for 90 years now. This
Rosé is produced on gravel and sandy soils.
What sets the Couly Dutheil Rosé apart from so many others is that, from vine to bottle, it is crafted to be the best Rosé it can be. The grapes are picked by hand and the yields
are low. While some Rosés are merely the byproduct of a red wine, this Rosé is grown in a specially dedicated vineyard and harvested earlier than grapes bound for red wines to maximize the bright red fruit flavors. Arnaud harvests his red wine grapes about two weeks later, which puts an emphasis on blacker fruits in his red wines.
Vinifying the best Rosé begins with pressing the grapes
the way you normally would for any red wine.
The juice is then allowed to sit with the grape
skins briefly (usually just a few hours)
picking up color,
tannins, pectins and proteins which give the
wine structure. Then the juice is drained
off, put into another vat without the skins
and the fermentation proceeds. The process is
This is what gives Rosé its beautiful,
seductive, pale color and the structure to stand up to foods on the grill. Are you ready to put your feet up? This Rosé says you are.