By Cecil Flentge
I am as guilty as anyone of misquoting Shakespeare when writing about rosé wines. You could try something about “Putting the rosé in your cheeks …” but that sounds too much like I am a lush and that is just out of style.
“It rosé to the occasion …” is rather obscure and Neil Diamond’s lawyers would be all over me if I used “Cracklin’ Rosie.”
But this one is simple, it has roses on the label, roses on the cork, roses imprinted in the name, the bottle is a rose, and there is a very nice French rosé inside the bottle. So I have to be describing the new arrival at “my” H-E-B, Cote des Roses.
This is from the Gerard Bertrand family of wineries ($13) and is sourced from the Languedoc in southern France.
Fact: The bottle is clear glass to show the copper tinged, pink of the wine. A cantaloupe, peach, and über-ripe pineapple fragrance which is a departure from the cherry-watermelon of many rosé wines. The aroma is echoed on the palate with a mineral finish that is reminiscent of pink sea salt (maybe a rosé de sel?). Dry, fruity and flavorful throughout.
Feeling: My companion’s immediate reaction to “What does this wine make you think of doing?” was “Drinking it while I admire the bottle.”
It is an unusual bottle with the base being a dramatic imprint of a rose and it did bring to mind giving it as a gift wrapped in green tissue, inverted, so that you could present a ‘rose.’
But to more immediate gratification, serve with scallops or shrimp, maybe wrapped in prosciutto, maybe just crumbled bacon on a seared scallop – ah, the salty-crispy bacon, the sweet, unctuous, scallop, all enrobed in the peach-melon of the wine … bon appétit!
Cecil Flentge is a San Antonio wine educator for professionals or novices and a restaurant/bar consultant. Restaurant events or home tastings. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org