2016 Fabien Collonge Beaujolais Rose

SKU #1305874 Vinous

 Bright pink. Bright and racy on the nose and in the mouth, displaying fresh red berry and orange zest qualities and a subtle hint of succulent herbs. In a taut, brisk style, finishing with firm cut and a refreshingly bitter quinine nuance.  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Fabien Collange is a young winemaker from Beaujoalis who we met on our recent trip to the region and who presented us with a rose of gamay that absolutely knocked our socks off. There is no pretense in his approach to winemaking; his goals are to create terroir-driven wines that are both fun and enjoyable. This 2016 rose is about as enjoyable as wine gets. Fresh, crisp, and clean on the palate with a supple weight and pure flavors of fresh strawberries and spice, this is the affordable rose you need a case of for the warm months ahead.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2017 | Send Email
Fabien Collonge describes himself as part of the new generation of winemakers in his region. While taking inspiration and knowledge from his parents and grandparents, he has an open mind when approaching his work and combines traditional methods with new initiatives. This dry and refreshing rosé showcases his deft hand at marrying the two concepts. The fruit is generous and ripe with a bounty of red berries, pink peppercorn and blood orange. The acidity is lively and bright. The minerality shines. This is terroir-driven winemaking at its core!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2017 | Send Email
This fresh 2016 release from Fabien Collonge is crafted from 100 percent Gamay, all from the estate. Much care is put into the selection of the fruit, and the result is a full bodied, dry and mineral driven rosé, with all the cherry blossom, spice notes and fresh strawberry you might expect from Beaujolais. This is your go to rosé for any occasion, and will delight your toughest critic.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
When traveling in France, there is always a risk of tasting a wine that shows amazing while on the trip but disappoints when it arrives in the US. When we tasted this wine at a lunch at Chateau de Javernand in the Beaujolais, with the weather being nearly perfect, I knew as I committed to 100 cases that this could be one of those times. After tasting a bottle here at the Los Angeles store when it just recently arrived, I am happy to report that this wine is still spot on! It is fresh, clean, very lively, soft on entry and perfectly delicate on the finish. Perfect summer rosé!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
When the weather warms up, there are few things better than a cold bottle of rosé and a few snacks on the picnic table. Tasting this wine in Beaujolais this past spring, Fabien Collonge's Rosé de Gamay was a thirst-quenching, mouthwatering, berry-bursting blast of fresh acidity, clean fruit, and pure pleasure that immediately caught our attention. What made this particular rosé so memorable was seeing where it came from and talking with Fabien about the care he puts into it. Typically wines in the $8-$12 range don't have much of a story. In California, they're generally the result of bulk fruit or large batches of parcels, but in the case of the Collonge rosé, it's all select berries from his estate parcels. The charm and snap of the wine was what really caught my attention. Obviously, we're going to offer a great deal on any wine we import directly, but $10.99 was a total steal. I'd compare it with the fantastic Mount Edward rosé from New Zealand, albeit for six bucks less a bottle.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
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There's a new challenger for greatest Rose value of the year! The 2015 Fabien Collonge Beaujolais Rose for $10.99 is an unbelievable value. Aromas of pink peppercorn and cotton candy deftly mingle with raspberry and strawberry aromas. The palate is fresh and bright with raspberry, strawberry and crunchy mineral flavors. Excellent acidity and pretty fruit help to frame this great little value. An incredibly enjoyable Rose perfect for your summertime enjoyment.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2018

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
It is always fun to look outside Provence for delightful little additions to the rose season and here is one from Beaujolais worth looking at. This is a prefect picnic wine with zippy acid, notes of stone fruit, lemon and a dry finish. Pairs well with seafood, salad, pool days, picnics and Sunday funday.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
Summertime super value! Fresh, dry, vibrant and custom made for sipping this season. This wine is full of fresh and fruity flavors with lemon-like acidity. This is a great picnic wine and will make a fun and versatile food partner.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Beaujolais

- Region in east central France, often considered a part of Burgundy, but really quite distinct. The principal grape grown here is Gamay Noir. Familiar to many as the source of the Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the vintage, Beaujolais is often fresh, fruity and very appealing red wine. Besides the straight Beaujolais, there is also Beaujolais Villages, and what is known as Cru Beaujolais. The 10 individual Crus, such as Moulin à Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, St. Amour and Chénas, each have their own character, and much more depth than someone who has only tried a simple Beaujolais could ever guess. These often represent value-priced, lovely, food-friendly wines.