Perennially one of my favorite rosé producers of recent years, Château Gaillard is a wonderful small biodynamic wine producer from Touraine focusing entirely on Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay Noir. This “gris” is actually made exclusively of Gamay Noir.
Appearance: copper-cored salmon
Aroma: fairly closed watermelon, fresh-cut grass, tarragon
Palate: watermelon rind, strawberry, delicate nondescript floral herbaceousness
Mouthfeel: creamy/silky with cut of acid throughout
Finish: a bit of heat showing through a surprising touch of chalky tannins on the long, generously fruity finish
I’d normally prefer something a bit more crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day, but this is quite nice. It lacks the intensity of prior vintages but the complexity makes up for the softness.