Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Every now and then, something a bit rare comes through our stores, and this past weekend was one of those times. We received a small amount of the Roseé de Chateau Monbousquet 2005 ($13.98) from Bordeaux (courtesy of Heidelberg Importing). I know what you’re saying – you can’t seriously be recommending another rosé? Well, as a matter-of-fact, I am. This delicious, dark pink-colored blush is predominantly Merlot, coming from the prominent St.-Emilion producer, Chateau Monbousquet.

In the nose, you’re met with lush, candied berry notes, and slight hints of cinnamon and allspice. There’s plenty of acidity on the palate, balanced by nice strawberry, red raspberry and red currant flavors and well-integrated mineral tones. It demonstrates a fair bit of complexity throughout the surprisingly long-lasting finish.

If you’re grilling salmon, serving gazpacho, or cooking a sultry, spicy Paella, this should work very well. It also works as an aperitif, to serve chilled on the patio for midsummer night conversation with neighbors and friends.

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