Friday, January 25, 2013

Focus on Bordeaux: Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux Rosé

 Marc Soucy - Focus on Bordeaux :  

Chateau Bonnet  Bordeaux Rosé  2011
 Bordeaux, France       Grapes:  50% Merlot  -  50% Cabernet Sauvignon

Andre Lurton brings us this different spin on Rosé. Bordeaux Rosé is different from many other typical Rosés in that the focused flavors of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon can produce a different flavor profile from the Grenache and Cinsault based Rosés that dominate much of southern France. The result can be a darker berry fruit flavor profile, and a bit more tannin. The grapes for this wine are partially hand picked, partially hand triaged before machine harvesting, and cool fermented in stainless steel to protect the fresh flavors.

Chateau Bonnet
Marc's Tasting Notes:

This somewhat unusual Rosé shows off a clean salmon color with a reddish hue. Aromas of ripe cherry mingle within a juxtaposition of cantaloupe sweetness and crab apple acidity. These intriguing smells turn into ripe peach and cherry flavors, with hints of tannin and a fattiness that coats the tongue and creates a long pleasing finish. Most successful Rosés are made from Grenache, Cinsault, and other Rhone-affiliated grapes. This one is made from Bordeaux stalwarts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and you can tell the difference. Enjoy this with ham, salmon, or a thick chowder.  You’ll be surprised what the right rosé will do for a winter dish.
Glass of Rosé Appears Off Camera

   -- Marc Soucy, FWS 

FWS: Certification by the French Wine Society, Washington D.C. & Paris France

Wine Tasting Notes Prepared for BLM Wine 


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