One of my colleagues, Tom from Fulham, decided to organize a day out in Hyde Park for all off us slogging away in the London shops. Somebody brought a football and an American football but really I was just there for the wine.
Even though the sun is still playing hide and seek with us, Wed. was a brilliantly sunny day and the Ch. du L'Engarran rosé that I brought was perfect for a day out in the park. I really like these guys, or rather ladies. The Chateau is run by a feisty Frenchwoman, Francine and her two daughters. The Chateau has been seriously producing wine under Francine since the 60's but since it is an AOC Coteaux du Languedoc, it's not as well known as it could be.
So on to the rosé. I used to be one of those wine snobs who wouldn't touch rosé but now that I've discovered dry rosé, I'm all for it, esp. the ones from Southern France. This particular one is a blend of granache and cinsault, a pale, peachy salmon color which looks so inviting in the bottle and even more so in the glass. It's a dry, fruity glugger. I got raspberry, cherry and strawberry on the nose, following thru with more of the same on the palate. This was a nicely balanced rose, refreshing and tasty and at the same time finishing off with a bit of a citrusy zing. We all agreed that it was a perfect summer wine, with or without food. I think if I'd had a tuna nicoise to go along with it, the day would have been perfect.
Next week is the International London Wine Fair. I can't wait!