It’s been hot here. And I mean H-O-T. Quite unusual for this time of year in this neck of the woods. We are likely about two-three weeks ahead of where we normally are for this time of year. I look around me to see most of the trees in full bud pop, green grass and folks have even gone so far as to put all their bedding plants in the ground!
With that said, if it wasn’t already rosé season, it is now! Classic rosé is from Provence but there are some fine examples from all over the world. In fact, tonight there will be a tasting at the store featuring a whole lotta pink…but none from Provence so I can showcase all the other fabulous rosés from around the world. But for now, this post will concentrate on Provence, this pretty little area in the Mediterranean area of Southern France. In fact, 1/2 to 2/3 of all wine production in Provence is rosé, as it is a fantastic pairing for the Mediterranean cuisine such as garlic aioli sauces and tangy boulliabasse stews.
This weeks selection not only has beautiful packaging, but the wine inside is beautiful too from the Chateau D’Esclans caves, the unbelievably popular Whispering Angel is back for another season of pink. We sell out of this wine every season, including large formats of Magnums and Double Magnums (3L). Consisting of mostly Grenache, along with Rolle (Vermentino) and Cinsault, free run and pressed juice is vinified in stainless steel for a fresh style with twice weekly battonage, for body and texture.
The 2015 vintage sees a fresh, fragrant nose with peony, red apple, honeysuckle and cream along with food friendly high acid, creamy notes and red strawberries and apples on the palate. The grenache may be rearing its ugly head a bit with some high alcohol, but overall, this is still a lovely wine, meant to be drunk young and fresh. Give it a few months and this wine will balance itself out, I’m sure of it! On the shelf for $32.95! Santé!
(Taken from the back of the bottle:)