Aldi rosé wine by award-winning winemaker predicted to sell out fast, again

Aldi’s $8 rosé wine will be in stores starting Wednesday, but it’s not actually the same wine that won the award, again.

Here we go again.

Aldi’s world-famous $8 rosé wine returns to stores starting Wednesday, but it’s not actually the same wine that won the award, again.

Though it is made by the same winemaker, Julian Faulkner of Jules Wines in the south of France, and it’s the same 2016 vintage, the wine coming to stores Wednesday is a special limited run, said an Aldi customer service representative.

But we may get a rosé even better for the season, according to the winemaker’s tasting notes.

“The second one is a little more wintry,” said Faulkner by phone from France. “It’s more structured, full-bodied, spicier, with stewed fruit flavor; a lot more food-friendly. The first one was crunchy fresh fruit, but both have the same freshness and balance.”

Faulkner is French-Canadian but has been making wine in Provence since 1990 on a family estate. He was surprised by the media attention, since his wine won the same award last year.

“Celine Dion called us this summer, wanting some of the Aldi wine for her yacht, but we had none left,” he said. “It all seems a little bit surreal.”

Faulkner’s latest Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence rosé 2016 will be available for $7.99 plus tax in Chicagoland Aldi stores starting Sept. 20, while supplies last. Do note that only some of the supermarket chain’s locations sell alcohol, and because this item is an Aldi Find, quantities are limited, so it may not be shipped to all those locations. Also, store managers may limit the number of bottles sold per person.

You may remember in June that what was widely believed to be the award-winning Aldi rosé wine (but was actually another wine) sold out in one day, and we tasted it in our video series “We Tried It.”

The U.K.-based International Wine Challenge awarded the original Jules Wine rosé its Great Value Rosé Under £8 silver medal award. (It was actually priced at £5.99, about $8.) The challenge is judged by masters of wines, a qualification issued by The Institute of Masters of Wine.

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