50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah; rubber-sealed glass stopper; 13% ABV
Coteaux de Languedoc, France
from Gerard Bertrand
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 June
I immediately got a bottle of this wine, with its lovely presentation and southern French origin. IMO, this is what rosé’s about.
Its delicate nose is equal parts cantaloupe, tangerine, pink peach. It has delicate flavors of these on the palate, with some red cherry and tart redcurrant acid, slight lavender, and perhaps a little yellow apple. Despite the delicate flavors, the mouthfeel is thicker, with a minerally character. This is a little more expensive for a GO rosé, but IMO worth the price. Still, I would guess from the slight aggressiveness to the acid that it’s not one to keep around, so drink up.
The notes from the link above are, “The bouquet offers up intense aromas of red fruit, blackcurrant and redcurrant as well as floral elements (violet and rose) and citrus notes (grapefruit). This wine has a delicate oaked dimension, developing into vanilla and gingerbread notes. Fresh, rich and unctuous on the palate.” It didn’t occur to me, but I second the “vanilla and gingerbread notes”.
On the second day, the wine was at least as good, with the fruit more forward and integrated, showing a juicy pink grapefruit and yellow apple more prominently. As it warmed, it was more sweet than on the first night.
Apparently from the label, the translation of “La Sauvageonne” is “wild woman,” but I’m guessing that “wild” means less “unhibited / crazy” and more “living in nature, outside civilization” in a Rousseau-esque sort of way. (The left side of the label features an embossed naked woman with long hair and a horse.)