Winery of the Year! Domaine Roses Camille

It has been years of hard work, working hand in hand with the winery to create a balanced line of top quality, interesting wines that truly represent the beauty and diversity of the small enclave of family owned vineyards in the greater Pomerol area. With five wines from three different appellations, across price points that guarantee quality for anyone’s budget, it was only a matter of time before the Roses Camille series was given its due. And now, we are happy to announce that Domaine Roses Camille was selected as “Winery of the Year 2022” by the esteemed KosherWineMusings blog! Much love and credit to the winemaker Christophe Bardeau, and of course to David, a friend and very busy writer and one of the main voices and authorities in the kosher wine world today.

From the Blog: “The requirements to receive this award are simple, the winery must be kosher, not a kosher-run, the quality must be consistent, and the wines must be readily available. The last requirement is the main reason why Four Gates Winery has yet to win the award, but at this point, it is only a matter of time, as kosher wine availability is becoming less of an issue overall, given the sheer number of cult-like kosher wineries that exist today.”

Domaine Roses Camille is family owned and produces kosher wines – not kosher versions of non kosher wines. This is an important distinction. You need to know that you are getting the top quality production of a given winery, not a by-product or side project for a specific market or target audience. At this winery, the top products from the best vineyards are produced as kosher, for kosher and non kosher markets alike. When you drink a wine from the Domaine Roses Camille vineyard, you are experiencing the same level of enjoyment that anyone drinking a 100 point bottle of La Violette Pomerol, Clos l’Eglise Pomerol, or any number of similar estates, would be enjoying as well, kosher or otherwise. There is no need to settle for less.

The article continues: “Pomerol is a lovely location and the wines of Domaine Roses Camille continue to impress. The Clos Lavaud is a year-in-year-out QPR WINNER along with the Echo Roses Camille. They are both perennially great wines and wines we all are very lucky to have in the kosher wine market! The flagship wine, Domaine Roses Camille has never had a bad year, it is the model of consistency, and the only years it was not made kosher was during the lean years of the kosher wine market in France, 2007 – 2010 (inclusively). It does come in at a higher cost than other kosher Pomerol wines but the high-end quality of Domaine Roses Camille matches the prices and longevity potential of other high-end quality kosher wines that cost much more than the DRC does.

And there is more good news about Domaine Roses Camille – two of the wines individually were awarded “Top QPR Wines of 2022,” focusing on their quality to price ratio. This is a great measure to know that you are getting the biggest bang for your buck when purchasing wine at any price point. Here are the tasting notes for your reference:

“2016 Echo de Rose Camille, Pomerol – Score: 93 (QPR: WINNER)
The nose of this wine is incredible, elegant, dense, rich, and layered, but also black, red, and green, with rich milk chocolate, mineral, loam, and spice, really impressive! The mouth of this full-bodied wine is dense, and extracted, but also elegant, with blackberry, raspberry, sweet oak, sweet dill, rich, plush, smoky, green, graphite, mineral, and foliage, nice! The finish is long, green, dense, oaky, smoky, and rich, with dark chocolate, and elegance. Bravo!!! Drink from 2025 until 2034. (tasted May 2022) (in Paris, France) (ABV = 13%)

2018 Clos Lavaud, Lalande de Pomerol – Score: 93 (QPR: WINNER)
This wine is already showing beautifully and has a great approach that makes me smile. The nose of this wine starts with bramble, smoke, dirt, earth, roasted herb, forest floor, almost mushroom notes, mint, rosemary, nice red and black fruit, and bramble. The mouth of this medium to full-bodied wine is nice showing great acidity, green notes, bramble, cherry, raspberry, plum, and tart fruit, with nice mouth-coating tannin, fun Brett, nice plush mouthfeel, and good extraction, with green notes, menthol, and herbs. After tasting this again in Paris it shows richer and denser with more graphite, mineral, lovely black fruit, and elegance. Bravo! The finish is long, green, herbal, smoky, extracted, and tannic, with a nice fruit focus, scraping minerality, graphite, dark chocolate, tobacco, and smoke. Lovely! Drink from 2024 until 2031.

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