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July 19, 2016 0

THE STORY OF RÉGINE SUMEIRE’S “PÉTALE DE ROSE” ROSÉ

After I read the invitation to a winetasting of “Pétale de Rose” rosé back in spring of 2015, I was confused. The rosé bearing this name appeared to be made at two different domaines: Château Barbeyrolles and Château Tour de l’Évêque. Muddling the picture even more was that a quick google search revealed that Château Tour de l’Évêque also goes by the name, Château La Tour Sainte-Anne.

Then, I learned that both properties are owned by renowned Régine Sumeire, third-generation Côtes de Provence winemaker, whose (extended) family owns at least three other wineries in Provence. The Sumeires were pioneers in the wine business in Provence, developing what has been referred to as a “winemaking empire” in the Var département of Provence.

Régine is one of the first female winemakers in Provence and the recipient of many accolades including being selected by her peers to be a Chevalier-ranked member of the Académie du Vin de France. And, more pertinent, Régine was instrumental in creating “Pétale de Rose,” the name she christened her two rosé cuvées that are produced using a specific vinification process—reportedly unique in Provence—that results in a particularly pale “diaphanous” color of rosé.

I was confident Régine’s Pétale de Rose rosés would be worth the trip to New York so [...]

    Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

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    July 2, 2016 2

    Provençal Pairings: Wine with Food

    And the Oscar Goes To…

    The other night, we had some friends over for l'Apéro - a wonderful French convention that gathers people for an hour (or so) to share a nice beverage and some nibbles. Often, a digestif such as Pastis, Lillet, or Campari is served, but it can just as easily be a wine. Susan wrote a wonderful piece on l'apéro several months ago - you can [...]

    Musings and Memories of a Wine Maven: Notes Too Long for the Cellar Book

    Rue Joseph Duclos in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Henri Bonneau's family home is in the background, with green shutters, and his legendary wine cave lies behind the blue shutters. Photo by Jacques Navarre
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    Musings of a Wine Maven

    HENRI BONNEAU, LE DERNIER ADIEU

    I arrived at No. 35 Rue Joseph Ducos just in time to watch five men, led by son Marcel Bonneau, carry the casket of legendary winemaker Henri Bonneau (1938 - 2016) from his long-time home to the 11th-century church Nôtre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, across the street. In moments, it seemed, the casket had been carefully placed in the center aisle in front of the altar. That was March 26th.

    Just five days earlier, I had been in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with business associate Jacques Navarre; it was one of the stops on our ten-day visit to wine producers in Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. I had not anticipated returning to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, yet when I heard the news that Monsieur Bonneau had died, I immediately [...]

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