Bordeaux Rosés have been gaining in presence and popularity recently in the U.S. So far, there has been a variance in style, from deeply fruity to lively and refreshing. Dourthe takes great pains to create a Rosé that fits better into the second category, but does so with highly matured and ripe Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. There is no Merlot, and certainly none of the commonly used Grenache and Cinsault. That said, a 6-hour cold resting period before crushing in cooled tanks, and unusually long lees exposure (left-over yeast cells) make this a Rosé that’s a bit different from what you might expect from Bordeaux. The Dourth family has been in the wine trade in Bordeaux since 1840, and has become synonymous with Bordeaux wine all over the world.
Appearing a very pale pink, the wine gives off aromas that are a bit different from the norm: strawberry notes are joined by red bell pepper and hints of peach. The palate reveals the fresh acidity, with lemon lime flavors, ripe peach, minerals, and a slight twigginess that for some reason reminds me of the grape vines that gave birth to this wine. Being a Rosé from Bordeaux, the presence of the two Cabernet grapes, Sauvignon and Franc, brings a different spin on what a Rosé can taste like. I found this refreshing and interesting, and a Rosé you could easily pair with heavier foods if you wanted. Otherwise, just enjoy it on its own. The price is right, too.
-- Marc Soucy, FWS CSW
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