Our friends at Tess’ Kitchen Store in Grass Valley, CA recently featured our French organic wine Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Rosé:
Our featured wine, a 2016 Les Hauts De Lagarde, is a rosé from Bordeaux, France, is made from organically grown grapes and at $13.99 is a bargain. Do you have less than fond memories of a too-sweet “White Zinfandel” from years ago and avoid these beautiful “pink”wines or are you in the know about how refreshing and delicious a rosé can be?
Rosé happens when the skins of red grapes touch wine for only a short time. Where some red wines ferment for weeks at a time on red grape skins, rosé wines are stained red for just a few hours. The winemaker has complete control over the color of the wine, and removes the red grape skins (the source of the red pigment) when the wine reaches the perfect color. As you can imagine, nearly any red wine grape (from Cabernet Sauvignon to Syrah) can be used to make rosé wine. This Les Hautes De Legarde is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec. The vineyard where the grapes are grown is located in a mild climate due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. It has lots of sunshine and regular rain. Situated on a hillside, the clay, limestone and graveled soil offer the best conditions for the growth of the vines and the grapes.
Tasting Notes for French Organic Wine Les Hauts de Lagarde Bordeaux Rosé
Dark pink coral color. Aromas of fresh sliced red pepper, ash, and cherry cola with an crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-long watermelon rind and cherry skin finish with dusty, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A highbrow rosé with an interesting earthy character.