Perman Wine Friday Feature – 4/23/10

Hello and Happy Friday!

People are always asking me during the Spring, “when are your new rosé’s coming in? ” Many of the ’09’s have just started to trickle in, including today’s feature.

Keep in mind that rosé’s come in all shapes and sizes. Varietals, production styles and most importantly geography can make a huge difference in the way your rosé tastes. Also keep in mind that not all rosé needs to be drunk practically straight out of the vat. Many taste good with a little bottle age, while some, like today’s offering, you want to drink fresh.

With distributors these days holding smaller inventories, most rosé are brought in based on pre–orders by retailers. The distributor doesn’t want to be “stuck” with extra rosé when it cools down in the Fall. So these days when purchasing rosé, the consumer must act quick before it disappears.

Such is the case with today’s rosé. The majority of it has been swallowed up by retail, and my fear is that this will be out of consumers reach long before that 90–degree weather gets here.

So act fast, because this is one rosé that you are not going to want to miss. It is really fantastic!

Cheers,
Craig

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2009 CHÂTEAU MOURGUES DU GRES ROSÉ “FLEUR D’EGLANTINE”
The South of France is home to some of the most famous dry rosé in the world. Rhône varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Carignan all contribute to the making of the pink stuff.

As I mentioned previously, with the wide range of styles these grapes can give you, some producers make several cuvée’s of rosé.

Château Mougues de Gres, a very well respected producer in the Costières–de–Nîmes appellation, makes three very different style of rosé.

Their least expensive, and my personal favorite is called “Fleur d’Eglantine. ” This is a very delicate, fruit driven style of rosé that is made with a blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. This is made using the saignée method, which involves bleeding of the vat.

I tasted this rosé earlier this week and almost instantly inserted a straw in the bottle to suck it down. This stuff is dangerously easy to drink! I would put it in the light–bodied style of rosé. The aromatics are gorgeous with hints at white peach, grapefruit, and strawberry. This will make a nice match for all kinds of grilled fish, or try it with meats like chicken and pork.

This wine has pretty much sold out at the distributor level, so if you crave a fresh, light style of dry rosé, get it while it is here!

$13.99 BTL. / $167.88 CASE – 7 CASES AVAILABLE

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