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2011 Rosé de Croûte-Mallard by Château Gros Moulin

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Vintage: 2011
Type: Rosé (100% Cabernet Sauvigon)
Country: France–Bordeaux–Cotes de Bourg

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This is a wine that was suggested to me by Les at the Villa St. Simon (Blaye) for my “Finding Value in Bordeaux” event at the London Business School on 8 MAR 2013. This particular event focused on the Right Bank of Bordeaux and it was a pleasure to start the evening with this bottle. It is a simple, easy-to-drink rose wine that the guests were pleased with.

(Apologies for the picture that I have uploaded. This particular bottle was placed in a bucket of ice and water for a long time, so the label began to peel off.)

Technical Review

Appearance
Clear, medium pink.

Nose
Clean, light aromas of strawberry and peach.

Palate

Dry, medium acidity, low tannin. Light bodied. Similar flavours to the aromas above. Medium length finish.

Conclusion

Good, ready to drink now (not intended for aging).

N.V. Gratien & Meyer Saumur Cuvée Flamme Brut Rosé

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Crémant
Country: France – Loire Valley- Saumur

Nice notes of strawberries, though this wine lacks depth. A good sparkling drink for a hot summer day, but nothing too serious.

N.V. Offley Porto Rosé Porto

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Rose Port
Country: Portugal- Douro- Porto

This is a straight forward pink port that I picked up in the Waitrose Wine Hall. Served chilled between 10-12 degrees Celcius and it releases its fruity aromas. Try drinking this in the early afternoon when it is hot outside, maybe while snacking on honey roasted peanuts. This could easily replace a Pimm’s when you are enjoying the sunshine in your back garden … because everyone has a sunny back garden in Central London, right?

Technical Analysis

Appearance

Clear medium pink.

Nose

Clean, strawberry aromas.

Palate

Sweet. Medium acidity and medium body. Low tannin. Flavour characteristics of strawberry. Medium finish.

Conclusion

Good.

Tarlant Brut Rosé

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Champagne – Rosé
Country: France

This is a great tasting rosé. The champagne has lots of tight uniform bubbles coupled with a lovely pink colour. I has flavours of citrus with hints of red fruits. A very nice libation indeed.

Joseph Gruss & Fils Crémant d’Alsace Rosé 2009

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Rosé Crémant
Country: Alsace – Eguisheim

Yummy, yum, yum. All French sparkling wine that comes from outside of the Champagne region is classified Cremant but the flavours and bubbles you’ll find in this bottle may deceive your senses to think otherwise. I am biased towards this vineyard and its products because I secretly admire Andre. Regardless of the bias, the Cremant stands out splendidly in its own right.

Château de la Grave Hommage 2009

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Rosé Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This is a very special rose wine. It looks like a rose but acts like a red. On the nose, it has very intense fruity flavours (strawberry-like) but on the palate, it tastes of light spices and subtle oak.

I think this wine would fit in at an al fresco late lunch or early dinner of tapas or a variety of roasted veggies, pitas and dips. Delicious! I hope you find this wine as pleasantly surprising as I did!

Los Pecadillos Campo de Borja Pereza – Sloth Old Vine Garnacha 2008

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Rose – Old Vine Garnacha
Country: Spain

This was an easy-drinking Rose that my husband picked up on a colleague’s recommendation.

The nose is full of aromas of strawberry and other berry fruits. I think I paired this with an oriental stir fried vegetables and seared salmon fillets. A good companion to a summer evening meal.

Champagne Tarlant Rose 1998

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Vintage: 1998
Type: Champagne
Country: France

Another excellent wine enjoyed on Christmas 2009. This rose is unlike others, as it has the vintage taste and feel to it — with a tonne of bubbles. Very good strong (and dry) taste. recommended.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose Brut

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Reims

Veuve’s entry in the Rose Champagne market is excellent. The bubbles are small and plentiful. The flavours are good – sweet but not too sweet and a dry finish. I can’t help but think that the premium that you pay fore the Veuve name makes this wine not very good value for money. Great champagne, but you pay above the odds for it.

Pink Elephant Rose

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Vintage: 2008
Type: Blend of 4 grape varieties
Country: Portugal

I discovered this brand at the Tesco Wine Fair 2008 and tried this modern blush for the first time. I decided to re-visit it today at the Fair, just because I have fond memories of Portugal.

This is one of the few wines that tickled my palate so much that my mouth watered immediately. Although attempting to be a feminine wine that should accompany heavy Indian curries, I really believe that this blush could be enjoyed on its own, with maybe a small dish of rice crackers or wasabi peas to balance out the wine’s tangy notes.

The four grape varieties that are used to make this easy-to-drink wine are Alfrocheiro, Castalao, Touriga Nacional, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Because cases are so cheap at the moment, I imagine this will be the first rose wine that will grace our ever-growing rack.

More info here.