Chateau Haut-Colombier, Bordeaux Clairet 2009 This is a deeply-colored rose, approaching what you see in some Pinot Noir and Sangiovese. In the nose the fruit shines through with some earthy notes as well. In the mouth it is fruity and structured, in the way that you find in many European rose, with a sense of tannic underpinning and alcohol in the background.
During our last trip to France I had an opportunity to taste rose produced locally in Bordeaux. It is nice to have an opportunity to taste some back home in California, provoking fond memories of the trip.
Often rose is overshadowed by its more famous red brothers and sisters, whether it be in the lands famous for Pinot Noir, Sangiovese or a plethora of other grapes. Yet in the summer rose is a natural choice, especially when the sun is shining during a walk before dinner.
Mis en bouteille au chateau par Olivier et Emmanuel Chety, Vignerons a Cars 13% $10 suggested US retail, a media sample Chateau Haut-Colombier