The 2011 roses' have arrived! And not a moment too soon with all the warm sunny weather we've been having! The Grand Rouviere Rose seems to have worked particularly well in 2011. It's very pretty and has more fruit than the previous vintage. So far, 2011 seems to be a pretty good vintage for rose. 2011 isn't as cut and focused as the 2010s were, but it is very pretty and a bit more fruit driven.
This seems to work in the Rouviere's favour; it being a night time harvested old vine Cinsault and all. The night time harvest means colder grapes that preserve their acidity better. This still has fresh acidity that balances it's aromatic fruit. This wine comes to us from a sustainably farmed vineyard belonging to the Leydier family and located right on the border of the Bandol appellation. This isn't far from the Mediterranean, located in the dry rolling hills.
Aroma: Pronounced watermelon, peach, some strawberry.
Taste: Bright and fresh watermelon. It's got juicy fleshy watermelon fruit up front but behind that is more acidity and a slightly strawberry meaty kind of thing on the finish. Once again this is a fun, enjoyable, well balanced rose. This will work with everything from salmon to roast chicken, to Nicoise salad, to the crackers and Gouda I'm eating right now.
This is about $14 and is available at the Rosemont markets, Whole Foods, Aurora Provisions, Provisions, and Tess's Market.