Monday, 17 December 2007

Rosé – The Recipe for Romance

Rosé is synonymous with romance. It conjures up Valentines Day, languid summer evenings and laughter. It's also my favourite drink on Christmas Eve. Bordeaux has been producing its own version since the 13th century – clairet. The claret Bordeaux is famous for shipping out to Plantagenet England was much lighter in colour than nowadays – and quite a different wine. Claret takes its name from clairet (the French for “clear”).

Clairet is traditionally a pale cherry red colour and these delightful wines, with their aromas of small red fruit and light tannins, make a wonderful accompaniment (served lightly chilled) to charcuterie (sausage and cold cuts), roast chicken and other light dishes. has a special place for clairet in our hearts and we are trying to ensure that they always retain a very special place in Bordeaux history. Here are our top 3 clairets:

Clairet du Chateau de Lisennes £5.99

Situated near Bordeaux this Chateau is family run and has been in the Soubie family for 4 generations. They use traditional methods of production and in 2006 this wine was awarded a gold medal at the World Wine contest in Brussels.

With its gorgeous deep raspberry pink colour it offers marvellous soft red fruit aromas of raspberries, redcurrants and blackberries. In the mouth these fruits explode giving intense round flavours. Being medium to a fuller bodied drink it lends itself very nice to accompany many dishes such as Grilled meats (Lamb/Pork cutlets, Gammon, sausages etc), Grilled Fish (Mackerel, Tuna, Plaice etc), Tropical and Oriental dishes as well as salads. Or simply on its own! If you haven’t tried this popular Bordelaise drink before you will not be disappointed.

Chateau Lamothe Vincent Rose £5.05

Fabulous rich colour with lots of fruit. This smooth Rose has such a distinctive deep pink colour you can not fail to be impressed with its presentation and once you taste it the fruit and dryness really comes through.

With lots of soft fruits on the nose and in the mouth this wine makes easy drinking and will be equally at home with food (Fish, White Meat and Salads) or on its own as an aperitif. For Red wine drinkers amongst us this will make a pleasant and much appreciated change.

Roque Mauriac Rose £5.49

Entre-Deux-Mers, (between two seas if translated literally), lies between the Dordogne and the Garonne Rivers. This is a predominantly White producing Appellation typically using the famous Bordeaux white grape varieties Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. However it is also an up and coming area for Rose produced using Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. Wines from this region are well produced with good balance, fineness and lots of fruit.
This Rose is no exception. Produced right in the heart of the region this lovely mouth-watering, crisp, slightly dry, smooth Rose is a delight. On the nose it produces light, fruity aromas of soft fruits and in the mouth it is fresh, well balanced and has a long after taste. Will enhance array of dishes including Shellfish, White Fish, White Meats and Salads or simply drink it on its own as a delightful aperitif.

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