NV Henri Milan Brut Rosé
Region: Provence < France
Grapes: Grenache Noir
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming with biodynamic practices; clay-limestone on pebble soils; 4000 ft vineyards; direct pressing, traditional method without dosage; zero added SO2; 300 cases
Winemaker: Henri Milan
Domaine Milan occupies prime real estate near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (tiny French village famous for being painted, a lot, by Van Gogh), with immaculate vineyards framed by the Alpilles mountains that provide climatic protection for the vineyards. Here, the gregarious Henri Milan crafts elegant wines using no chemicals, no additives, no commercial yeasts and, in some cases (like this Brut rosé) no added sulphur. Domaine Milan was created in 1956 by Robert Milan and later taken over by Henri, his son, in 1986 – although Henri got his start much earlier, planting his very first vine at 8 years old. Henri led the conversion to organic farming in 1987, and also decided to separate the domaine into several plots (called Clos) like in Burgundy, to make micro-terroir wines that showcase the potential of each soil type. This is a gorgeous, elegant glass of bubbles, fresh and lively with creamy strawberries, tangy creme fraiche and bright acidity.