Natalie Tapken is lead sommelier/wine and beverage director for Bluepoint Hospitality in Easton, MD.
Many people think rosé needs to be consumed at a young age. At Bluepoint Hospitality, we love Chateau Simone rosé because it can age for many years and remain vibrant and fresh: This is a rosé you can cellar for a decade.
Rosé is often thought of as a simple table wine, and Chateau Simone proves that it can actually be complex and serious. The wine hails from Provence in the small appellation of Palette. The winery is surrounded by a pine forest with some vines that are over 100 years old. The estate has even been in the Rougier family for over 200 years.
The rosé is made like a fine red wine and is aged in barrels for around two years. Get this bottle if you see it—only around 1,500 bottles make it into the U.S. per year. This rosé has a darker hue and explodes with fresh red berry notes. We offer this bottle at our bistro/market concept The Wardroom—it’s a recommendation that I love sharing with our guests as well.
I’m also drinking Domaine Sylvain Pataille Aligote. Sylvain is making some of the best white wines in all of Burgundy with the grape, aligote. He has taken this much forgotten variety to new heights, making some of the most mind-blowing white wines I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.
Pataille farms organically without chemicals and only uses natural yeast. He single-handedly has put the village of Marsannay and the varietal of Aligote on the world wine map. It is a mineral-driven white wine that is crisp, refreshing and full of energy. It is impossible to have a glass without a smile.