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Rose for the Heat Wave

Very hot weather is about to settle in Washington, DC.  With temperatures forecast to reach 97-99F I thought I would post about three roses we have recently tasted.  When it is hot and humid I prefer to start with a glass of rose instead of white wine.  For this extreme heat I would recommend the Chateau Pigoudet for it is refreshing but does not require much thought.  We preferred the Domaine Jean Reverdy, its unique profile attracts ones attention.  However it is robust so I would buy a few bottles to drink at the end of the summer.  The Chateau Pibarnon, last year’s vintage, was interesting for its nuts and wood but they have overtaken the fruit.  Its high-price is hard to swallow so I would pass on this wine. These wines were all purchased from MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Chateau Pigoudet, Le Chateau Rose, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence – $13
Imported by Oslo Enterprise.  This wine is a blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah sourced from soils of clay and chalk with gravel.  In the glass this was an ultra-light rose color.  The light, floral nose had a hint of sweetness.  In the mouth it was very focused, crisp on the tongue, before some texture and weight developed.  The tart fruit made way to a dry finish with a gentle ripeness in the aftertaste.  ** Now.

2011 Jean Reverdy et Fils, Rose, Les Villots, Sancerre – $18
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir of which 90% is pressed and 10% saignee.  This was a very light pink rose and salmon color.  The light nose revealed some dried herbs and an asparagus note (in a good sense).  The flavors filled the mouth with stones, dry fruit, green veggies and old-perfume.  This was more robust with plenty of acidity that left a tang on the sides of the tongue.  It finished with dried herbs.  I would give it another six months to loosen up. ** Now-2015.

2010 Chateau de Pibarnon, Rose, Bandol – $35
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is a blend of 50% Mourvedre and 50% Cinsault.  The color was of salmon and dried roses.  The nose started off with some wet dog before moving on to a light nose of fruit.  In the mouth the flavors were tart and light with a bit of acidity at the front of the mouth.  Then a vein of mildly sweet and textured flavor carried through, taking on a lightly creamy mouthfeel.  There were flavors of nuts or perhaps wood in the finish as juicy acidity came out leaving an aftertaste with wood notes.  ** Now-2013.

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