All this week, we'll be reviewing rosés in honor of Valentine's
Day. I consider rosé a misunderstood wine that can be excellent. Sadly,
too many rosés are still sugary sweet. Rosé is more than white zinfandel or cheap blush, but a full-fledged wine style in itself. This week, we'll explore dry rosé, one of my favorite types of wine. All the wines in this series are under $15, sometimes under $10.
Next up in our series is the 2005 Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux by André Lurton, which I picked up at Liquor Direct for $9.96. The front of the bottle calls this "a fresh and fragrant rose displaying the ripe summer-pudding flavours of the Merlot grape." I'm not even sure what "ripe summer-pudding flavours" are.
This wine is a light coral in color. On the nose I found citrus and what seemed like a little oak. It was almost woodsy – very odd considering this wine was created in stainless steel tanks. It's a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Merlot.
The taste was filled with wild strawberries and oranges, but a strange aftertaste. It had more heft than the yesterday's wine, and tasted both darker and fuller. I never do well with Cabernet Franc and I wonder if my dislike of this wine has anything to do with that. I also drank it on it's own and, well, I think it needed food. I would say
this is definitely a food wine, and not meant for standalone drinking.
Think Pink Rosé Series
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