Hello my baby, hello my darlin’ hello🎶 Rosé!
We’ve been waiting a long time for this; the first Wine Wednesday rose recommendation from Post Road Liquors – the Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses Rosé. Post Road’s timing couldn’t be any more appropriate, considering Thursday is the Summer Solstice, otherwise known as the official start to summer! Yahoo! Let the rosé flow into those long summer evenings (especially, with this bottle that comes in under $20.00)
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COST – $17.99
GRAPE – Blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah
COUNTRY – France
REGION – Languedoc
POST ROAD’S DESCRIPTION – Delish- a perfect all-day rosé!
TASTING NOTES – A soft, pale, brilliant pink with bluish tints developing over time towards more orangey nuances. The bouquet releases aromas of summer fruits, cassis, and redcurrant. Floral notes of rose along with hints of grapefruit complete the picture. The finish is fresh, offering notes of candy. On the palate, the impression is fresh and full, with great aromatic persistence and balance.
Even though rosé wines have seen global popularity boom over the past five years, rosé is nothing new. First of all – remember white zinfandel or blush wines? Besides those babies, rosé wines have long been a staple in the south of France. In fact, rosé was most likely the same color as some of the first wines ever produced. Early techniques for wine-making involved pressing (i.e., Lucy and Ethel stomping around in the grapes). The dark skin of the grapes spent very little time with the actual juice, resulting in just a light shade of pink. These wines were lighter and more fruit forward. Today, this “skin-contact-method” is still the primary way rosés are made. The skins are allowed to sit in the juice typically for two to 20 hours before the liquid is strained for the fermentation process.
The other main technique (called Saignee) to making a rosé is “bleeding” out a little of the pink juice during the process of making red wine. This byproduct of intensifying the concentration of a red wine yields a darker color rosé.
This Wine Wednesday, The Haute Life is kicking off the summer solstice celebration a day early with Post Road’s recommendation of a bottle of Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses Rosé. I’d be amiss if I first didn’t note the stunning bottle- hubba hubba! From the glass stopper top to the rose shaped bottom, this is one of the prettiest bottles of wine I’ve seen in a while. I assumed the bottle had a rose theme because it is a rosé. I was wrong. This wine comes from the Côte Des Roses (the or coast of roses in the south of France). There is also a white and a red Côte Des Roses, all with the same shapely bottle design.
So, we’ve established this is a good-looking bottle of wine. How about the taste? From color to sweetness, Rosés have an expansive spectrum. I found the Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses Rosé easily drinkable, especially at such a great price point. I did notice the candy finish, but nothing too sweet. If you’re wondering what to pair with this rosé, read what we learned from Wasik’s Cheese Shop about rose and cheese pairings! I enjoyed a soft-ripened goat cheese topped with homemade Strawberry jam (made by my future father-in-law) and fresh strawberries. Seriously, this pairing makes for a perfect afternoon!
Because of the presentation, price point, and drinkability, this rosé is a spectacular choice for your next gathering. Put a few in an ice bucket (the recommended serving temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit) next to a plate of gooey ripened goat cheese with strawberries, and your summer soiree is officially kicked off!
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Thank you to Post Road Liquors, 44 Boston Post Road Wayland, MA, for recommending this beautiful rosé, as well as for their expertise!
Stop in to experience the first class service and selection. You can also find the same excellent services at their other locations, as follows:
Upper Falls Liquors
150 Needham Street
Newton, MA 02462
Needham Wine & Spirits
1257 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Auburndale Wine & Spirit
2102 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466
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