Château Millegrand Minervois Rosé 2012

This blush wine from the Minervois area in the Languedoc region of France is a blend of Syrah, Grenache Gris and Mourvèdre grapes.  Château Millegrand is located outside the village of Trèbes.  Since 2003 it has been owned by Jean-Michel Bonfils and his sons who have undertaken significant renovations there.  Interestingly enough, less than a third of Millegrand’s vineyards are in the Minervois AC.

Winemaker:  Château Millegrand
Wine:  Minervois Rosé Table Wine
Varietal:  Blend
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:   Minervois AC, France
Price:  $8.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:   I would describe the color of this wine as a pale coral.  On the nose I got lightly sweet floral scents including chrysanthemum.  On the tongue, this dry French rosé was light-bodied with decent acidity.  Flavors were very gentle on the palate.  They included tart cherry, a green herbaceousness, floral notes, some minerality, and a touch of quinine on the finish.  Alcohol is at 13%.  It’s dry, it’s moderately complex, and it’s subtle.  No doubt this would, indeed, go nicely with those summer salads everyone says these blush wines should be paired with or with a seafood dish (pasta with shrimp, perhaps).  I have to say that I … I liked it!  Finally, a rosé I can say that about unequivocally.  Well, I’m just tickled pink!!  [I’m sorry.  I couldn’t help myself.]

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

Barton and Guestier Rosé d’Anjou 2009

Peck_BGRoseDAnjou20009Trumpet fanfare!  This is my first post of tasting notes on a blush/rosé wine.  Why, you ask?  I have to admit that I just haven’t been wowed by any blush wines I’ve had in the past.  Of course, that isn’t fair of me, is it?  So, I’ve decided to bury the hatchet and give rosé wines an honest try.

Vineyard:       Barton & Guestier
Varietal:          Rosé Blend
Vintage:           2009
Appellation:  Rosé d’Anjou
Price:               $10.29

Notes:  This selection is made from 70% Grolleau and 30% Cabernet Franc grapes grown in the Loire valley between Tours and Nantes.  In the glass the wine is – surprise – a light rose color.  On the nose I found strawberry rhubarb pie (without the crust).  On the tongue it’s a light-bodied offering but with sufficient weight to be more than a swig of flavored water.  On the palate I tasted subtle flavors of strawberry, kiwi, and baked rhubarb.  The acidity was good, and it didn’t come across as over-sweet – even at 10.5% alcohol.  I thought it was OK – definitely OK!  As I haven’t been drinking rosés, I’m not certain what foods I would pair this with – maybe a light dinner salad or a light cheese course?

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.