Indian Summer Coming
Here we are, two weeks out from Brad and Angelina’s wedding and the world is still thirsting for news about the event. How did they keep such a secret? Are they legally married? Can a California judge perform a wedding in France? OMG, will we ever know? All I know is that I am thirsting for rosés from France, specifically those from the beautiful region in which Brad and Angelina reside in their palatial Miraval estate.
Miraval is located in the mega-historic French wine region of Provence. Being located in south-east France on the Mediterranean, it is just a hop skip and a jump from Italy and the center of the Roman Empire, the Phoenicians and the Etruscans. This has led to archaeological finds of wine production almost 3000 years old. Hence, my term mega-historic.
While Provence does make red and white wines, they are becoming better known for their rosés. In fact, these pink beauties now account for over half of all production in the region. While there are many grapes allowed in the production of the various wines of Provence, the rosés are obviously made from the red varieties, namely Carignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre.
I say obviously because most grape juice is clear and while Provence rosés are very light in color, they do have some color. This color is extracted from the skins of the red grapes by soaking, or macerating, the skins in the juice for a short time, sometimes barely a day and a half! This also results in very delicate flavors. Best paired with light salads and the other fare of summer. I understand that some of us might have seen a flake or two in the last week, but we still have plenty of great weather left, so don’t miss out on these gorgeous wines to help you stretch summer just a little further. These delicate treats are seasonal and when they are gone they are gone until next spring, so don’t delay.
Minuty Cotes De Provence 2013, Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. 18.99!!!
AIX Coteaux d’aix En Provence, Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink color and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood. 16.99!!!
Miraval Cotes De Provence, Last but not least, the wine that started this entire article. Beautiful light pale pink color. On the nose, fantastic bouquet with delicate aromas of white fruits, just-picked strawberries and floral notes. The mouth is complex with raspberry and wild strawberry notes, wild herbs, citrus and wet stone flavors. It has a refreshing acidity, thanks to the altitude of the vineyards, and a round, long, vibrant finish. 25.99!!!
~ Randy Freeland ~
Prices good through 9/24/14.