Carte Noire Rosé, France, 2011
Yup – we were not kidding when we said June was our month of ‘pinks’ and we’re starting if off with a doozie! This rosé is from the spectacular ‘Provence’ region of France. The very first thing you will want to note before indulging in this rosé is its pinkish copper colour – it truly is spectacular. The grape varietal blend combined here consists of Grenache (90%) and Cinsault (10%). On the nose, you’ll pick up scents of slight floral, and heavy berry fruits, and it was the nose that had me thinking that this rosé was not going to be for me, but on first sip I was a convert. You’ll find this rosé to be a medium-dry, with medium body, meaning that heavy berry fruit scent I captured before had been nicely balanced to produce a very mature tasting rosé.
Carte Noire Rosé, from Les Maitres Vignerons de Saint-Tropez, is a rosé that would fare well with a group of red wine drinkers, looking to have something light , while on a patio. It’s an impressive pink.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $14.95 and can be found in the vintages section.
Our score – 5/5