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Quinn + Tonik Vol. 37: Quinn Rose Launch

Quinn + Tonik Vol. 37: Quinn Rose Launch

 
DQ has been visiting Provence for decades, which is more than enough time to acquire a healthy appreciation for what some may call the region's finest export. Crisp, clean rosé wine. In 1982 Duncan was adopted by a wine connoisseur (who you can read about below) who laid the foundation of his wine knowledge.
 
From what he learned then, and the years that followed on the Côte d'Azur, he now presents DQ Rosé. Available online and at some of the East Coast's finest establishments such as Montauk's Surf Lodge, Soho House, 1 Hotel Dumbo, The Capri Southampton, Gallow Green @McKittrick, Balthazar, Gitano Tulum Pop-Up, Cecconis, Lavagna, and more each week.
 
Pick up a bottle or a case today. Just make sure to drink in the company of gentlemen, rogues, characters and sunshine...
 

SHOP ROSE

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how quinn rosé came to be

 

In 1978 two French detectives were shot outside the Iranian Embassy in Paris during a siege. One died almost instantly. The other was airlifted to the south of France in critical condition. He survived. And over the next decade taught a young Duncan Quinn all about wine. Provence. Land of lavender. And to the south the beautiful beaches of the Var. 

 

 

The small sub-region of Provence containing the coast from east of Marseille to Cannes. And the most famous rosé drinking beach in the world - St Tropez. This wine is made from grapes grown and harvested here. A totally classic rendition of the wine the natives of the Côte d’Azur have been drinking since Roman times. Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah and Grenache grapes fermented in concrete and then steel for a clean, crisp, dry taste. A light, fresh, fruity bouquet, with notes of peach and grapefruit on the palate on the way to a clean, dry, finish.

  

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a history of wine in provence

 

When the Phoceans founded Marseille 2,600 years ago, they introduced a fabulous plant for the first time in France: the grapevine. Historically, this makes Provence France’s very first wine region. Since that time, the tradition and art of wine-making have come a long way. Four centuries after the Phoceans, in 200 BC, the Romans began to settle on Provençal land. They cultivated grapes and set up the Provincia Romana, now known as Provence. The cities of Aquae Sextiae (Aix-en-Provence) and Forum Julii (Fréjus), and its military port, then arose. As it expanded its Empire, Rome brought grapevines wherever it went. That is how the other Gallic wine regions cropped up after Provence: the Rhône Valley, Beaujolais, Burgundy, Gascony and Bordeaux. Grape-growing boomed starting in the High Middle Ages. From the 5th to 12th centuries, local abbeys produced wine: Saint-Victor Abbey in Marseille, Saint-Honorat on the Lérins Islands (off the coast of Cannes), Saint-Pons in Nice and Le Thoronet Abbey. And they also sold their wine. Beginning in the 14th century, the kingdom’s great noble families, its notables, and grand officers of the Royal Army acquired a large number of vineyards in Provence. Modern-day wine-making Provence was born.  In Provence, making rosé is a speciality, and a longstanding way of life, thanks to Provence’s climate, terroir and varietals which are perfectly suited to this wine.  Provence is the only region to dedicate 89% of its vines to rosé. From vineyard management to wine-making, by way of the choice of varietals, every step is carefully thought out by Provence’s winegrowers to ensure they produce high-quality rosé.

 

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the grapes

Quinn rosé is made with the classic grapes of Provence, in particular, Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah and Grenache.

 

CARIGNAN

Great in poor soil and well-established in the South of France, this varietal that was once very widespread in Provence has now become rarer. Carignan needs to be cultivated on low-yield hillsides to fully express itself. It then produces robust, generous deep-colored wines that provide an excellent foundation for a blending. When not blended, it delivers aromas of cherry, raspberry and prune, and takes several years to acquire a patina.

SYRAH

Syrah is a grape that produces small black berries with a bluish sheen and delicate but fairly hardy skin. Syrah creates solid, deepcolored wines whose tannins make them coarse in the first years, but benefit particularly from prolonged aging. Over the years, it evolves into its characteristic notes of vanilla, tobacco and candied berries.

 

 
GRENACHE
This varietal comes from Spain originally. It is very high-yield and resistant to violent winds and drought. Grenache brings fatness, a full body and power to wines. It gives young wines elegant hints of berries, and spicier, meaty notes to more evolved wines.
CINSAULT
Flavourful and attractive, this Provençal varietal has long been used as a table grape. It is widely used to make rosé in Provence. Cinsault adds a fresh, delicate, fruity touch to wines, nuancing the power of other varietals.
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