Today’s Tuesday Tasting Note day and this one is a Rosé from the Côtes du Rhônes. Created by Alain Jaume, this wine brought me to the Mediterranean in a heartbeat. Salmon colored with lovely floral and fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry, great minerality, and nice acidity made this a perfect wine for an aperitif, a salad, an omelette, or any brunch foods. It was perfect with the frittata I made but I could see it working well with many dishes. It brought sunshine and vacation to my mind and joy to my palate.
The Jaume family has a number of Chateaux in France. This one in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Grand Veneur is located in Orange. The family started making wine in 1826 and today the winery is in the hands of the fifth and sixth generation. The Domaine Grand Veneur vineyard is grown according to organic practices and is certified.
While many of the wines on offer were not the one I tried, the experience made me want to try more and get to know this large house in this historic part of France. I was grateful for the sample I was sent and excited to learn more about the estate.
Like so many wines from Chateauneuf, this was a blend of many grapes: 50% Grenache Noir, 25% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. A wonderful, structured rosé, it whet my appetite for more.
Widely available for around $23 SRP, I recommend this for any week night or even the start to a holiday meal.