Summer is just around the corner ! Lunch on the terrace, drinks in the sunshine, delicious summery salads… If you’re looking for the perfect wine to fit the mood – try a delicious rosé from Bordeaux !
Figure it out…
Bordeaux rosé is on the up! Nowadays, five times more rosé is made in Bordeaux than 20 years ago (61,000 hectolitres in 1990, compared with 250,000 hectolitres in 2011). 28 million bottles are produced and sales have risen by 9%. Bordeaux is now one of the top producers of AOC rosé.
A little knowledge…
Rosé wine isn’t just a blend of red and white ! Rosé is made from the juice of red- or black-skinned grapes, extracting just a little colour from the skins. In Bordeaux, there are two ways of making rosé : there are rosés from red/black grapes pressed specifically to make rosé wines, and rosés de saignée made from juice run off from a red wine tank before too much colour has been extracted from the skins (this has the side-effect of making the red wine richer). Both types of rosé are fermented cool, like white wines, to keep them fresh and fruity.
Like most Bordeaux wines, Bordeaux rosés are generally a blend of different grape varieties. As a result, Bordeaux rosés are well-balanced, complex wines - Merlot brings soft, gentle, red-berry fruit, while Cabernet gives a much fresher, grassier, herbier character. Bordeaux is a coastal region, and the maritime climate ensures that the wines have fresh, zingy acidity to balance the delicate intensity of their flavours.
How to drink Bordeaux rosé…
Bordeaux rosé is a light, delicate wine best drunk in the flower of its youth. It suits all kinds of situation, fun or formal, planned or spontaneous – and you can drink it with great pleasure right through the meal.
Bordeaux rosé with food…
Bordeaux rosé’s red fruit aromas – cherries and raspberries – and fresh acidity make it a lovely, refreshing aperitif. But, being dry and well balanced, it also goes very well with food : salads, spicy dishes, parma ham with melon, beef carpaccio, pizzas, herb-flavoured dishes such as fish with tarragon, and even certain cheeses.
Bring out the cocktails!
Your friends will love this cool Bordeaux Rosé cocktail, developed for us by the Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux.
It’s called the Bordeaux Fizz !
- 1 cl lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- 1 cl cherry syrup and two cherries
- 7 cl Bordeaux rosé
- a dash of fizzy water
Pour all the ingredients apart from the cherries and fizzy water into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Pour over ice cubes into a large wine glass. Rinse the shaker with the fizzy water and use it to top up the glass. Decorate with the cherries.
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R&R has very limited samples of Bordeaux rosé wines for review, which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. We also have a recipe for “Pizza South-West France Style” to match with Bordeaux rosé.
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