Sous le Tilleul Grolleau
Loire Valley, France
Grolleau Noir is one of the Loire Valley's most widely planted grapes, but it mostly ends up in pink wine, especially Rosé d'Anjou. Here an excellent Saumur producer turns Grolleau into an utterly delicious, electrically colored, translucent red you'll struggle to resist. Big aromas and flavors of super-ripe strawberry, tart cherry and fresh berry leaf are delivered with lip-smacking acidity and just enough grip to work at table, too. Drink it as a lighter take on Beaujolais or a more robust rosé or just as a rare bottle full of joy.