Wine of the week: Domaine de la Sangliere Juliette 2018

Sangliere JulietteForget the back-handed compliments: the Sangliere Juliette is cheap, enjoyable, and well made wine

Two things are worth noting about the Sangliere Juliette, a rose from southern France. First, like so many roses these days, it’s a previous vintage that is still worth drinking. Thank the rose boom for that; not that long ago, previous vintages faded as quickly as snow melts.

Second, cheap wine still sucks, regardless of how well made it actually is. That’s the conclusion of several of the reviewers on CellarTracker, the blog’s unofficial wine inventory app. “OK for $11…” “Typical but nondescript. …”

Is it any wonder I worry about the future of the wine business? What more do wine drinkers want? The Domaine de la Sangliere Juliette 2018 ($11, purchased, 12.5%) is exactly what it is supposed to be – top-notch $11 pink wine to chill, open, and enjoy. When did we get to the point where a wine this well made and this inexpensive isn’t worth drinking? Why must every wine cost $25 or $45 or $65 so it can offer an experience only to be recorded in the most winespeaky of tasting notes?

Look for almost tart strawberry fruit, a mouth feel that is almost austere (there’s hardly any residual sugar to confuse your taste buds), and a clean and kind of stony finish. In other words, the sort of rose to keep on hand when you want a glass or two, or to open for a Labor Day barbecue.

One thought on “Wine of the week: Domaine de la Sangliere Juliette 2018

  • By Robert P Behlendorf - Reply

    As a former winemaker and vineyard/winery owner in Paso Robles, a few words are in order. First, we made 100% Cab, Merlot and Primitivo, a Cab/Merlot blend, and a blended saignee Rose from all three. Our 2009 Cab was the only Paso Cab to score a Double-gold in the 2012 SF Chronicle Competition in all the price categories.. Two years later our 2010 El Sueno, a Cab-Merlot blend also scored a the 2014 event. Suffice to say, I am fond of the SF Chronicle judging. Our wines were never priced above $35. The objects were quality and value. I never believed that a $250 Napa Cab was 10 times better than our $25 Cab.
    Regarding value, I was amazed to discover that the Trader Joe’s 2018 Honey Moon Viognier was named Sweepstakes White Wine Winner at the 2020 event. Priced at under $6 retail, it should make all the California White Wine folks sit up and take notice. The wine is still available at TJ. They won’t tell you who made it or what quantity was made. I was also amazed that TJ did not trumpet to the media about the award.
    Back to your point, great wines can be found at less than mountainous prices.It’s always been about personal body chemistry. At my many tastings, I would tell tasters that “You and I can be tasting the same bottle. You can love it and I can hate it. And we’re both right. For our own personal body chemistry. If you like it, it doesn’t matter how inexpensive it is”.

    By the way, the term “WHITE Wine” is not long for the world. What shall we call it? How about “Not Red Wine”. Makes you think.The absurdity of it all.

    Thanks for listening.

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