2018 Karim Vionnet 'RAWse' Rosé - Rock Juice Inc

2018 Karim Vionnet 'RAWse' Rosé

Regular price $22

Region: Villié-Morgon < Beaujolais < France
Grape: Gamay
Vineyard/Cellar Stats:  Organic farming, direct press, stainless steel; bottled unfined/unfiltered with zero added SO2; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Karim Vionnet

Born in Lyon to Arabic parents, Karim was adopted by a family in Morgon.  His first career was a baker but eventually fell into wine, as one does in this region, and got the natural wine bug by working as a vineyard-hand and winemaker for some of the OG natty wine dudes like Guy Breton and Marcel Lapierre. Technically a negociant (like many of our producers who don't own any vineyards) Karim is responsible for the organic farming and vinification of 5 hectares of plots around Beaujolais, mostly old-ish vines (40- to 60-year-old). He makes a bunch of different Gamay cuvees, all with carbonic maceration, that are insanely good (and sought after).  This is his first rosé, fresh and delicious, all bright, tart strawberry with a juicy watermelon chaser.  It's a pretty serious, versatile wine that'll take you from interesting day-drinking to a grill situation that includes the whole veg to white meat gamut.  Turkey burgers would be a fab pairing

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