When America’s #1-rated sommelier Michael Madrigale introduced us to this spectacular Provence rosé at NYC’s Bar Boulud we knew we needed to get our hands on as much as possible. Riotor burst onto Madrigale’s radar by outperforming 40 Rosés in a blind tasting that he organized. “It was the absolute best rosé I tasted in the lineup and it was the least expensive,” he told us. This ripe and lively salmon-pink elixir bursts with the strawberry, floral notes and refreshing juiciness that are the hallmarks of the finest Provence rosés. Our first allocation sold out in hours back in June. It went fast at $15 by-the-glass at Bar Boulud. At $16.99 per bottle, we hope you’ll follow our lead and take America’s #1-rated sommelier’s top rosé by the case for year-round enjoyment.
Michael Madrigale, the former Bar Boulud sommelier, never failed to greet us with a genuine smile and the perfect bottle to accompany our coq au vin. When he was named America’s #1 sommelier by Wine Enthusiast, it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. When he introduced us to Château Riotor, and told us how it burst onto his radar by outperforming 40 rosés in a blind tasting — our ears perked up. “Impeccably clean, with juicy fruit and bright acidity — the kind of rosé that disappears in a flash.”
It’s not surprising Château Riotor sits head and shoulders above other rosés, it’s produced by the family behind the legendary Château Mont-Redon, the estate that Parker says, “has produced some of the greatest Châteauneuf-du-Papes I have ever tasted.” The Abeille family (of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s top-notch Château Mont-Redon) produces Riotor at their Provence outpost in the Massif des Maures, a seaside mountain range that benefits from year-round sunshine and strong maritime influence. They employ cool and short macerations to impart delicacy to the Grenache- and Cinsaut-dominated blend, while 3% Rolle (Vermentino) enhances the wine’s aromatic complexity. Due to substantial winery upgrades, quality at Riotor has never been higher.