Friday, July 16, 2010

Rose: Chateau Guiot 2009 - A Real Summer Treat

Roses are great for the summer.  The best roses are light and exhilarating.  You can enjoy them outdoors as an aperitif at a barbecue, family party or sitting around the pool.  One excellent rose is Chateau Guiot, Costieres de Nimes 2009.  Mary and I were introduced to this rose by Kim Caldwell of Young's Fine Wines at a recent wine tasting given by Kim. 

The Chateau Guiot Rose has a fantastically deep rose color, deeper than most roses I've had.  It is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah.  The nose is reminiscent of rose petals, cherries and ripe strawberries.  The taste is of ripe fruit and red berries.  It does all of this without being overly sweet.  This is a far cry from the Berringer and Mateus Roses some of you might remember from some years ago (they are still around today, if that's your thing).  I am especially impressed with the harmonious and well structured qualities of the wine.  You will find this rose quite enjoyable on a hot, slow summer's day or evening. 

There are really endless possibilities for pairing rose with food.  Roses are great with tapas, salads and vegetables. Cold grilled asparagus is an exceptional pair with rose.  Grilled shrimp and tuna go great with the more full bodied roses.  You can pair rose with savory chicken and pork easily enough, as well.  Rose is a very versatile wine.   Try one with cold salty meats that enhance the rose's flavor.  Experiment, I think you will be surprised.

Another great aspect of the Chateau Guiot is its price.  You can pick up a bottle for around  $10.00.


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