Two weeks ago Julia of Ordinary Saturdays asked if I could recommend a nice, dry rosé for summer sipping. Naturally I took this as an excuse to hit the LCBO’s “Think Pink” section. The first rosé I picked up was only OK but fortunately I hit pay dirt on #2. Meet the 2011 Mas des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rhône valley rosé, currently selling for $13.95 at the LCBO.
I loved the herbal/strawberry/tart-cherry taste of this dry rosé — it’s refreshing and lively, fruity without being the least bit sweet. This is an extremely well-balanced wine that I think would be perfect with scallops, Indian takeout, or grilled veggies. The Mas des Bressades reinforced my belief that France is the place to look for rosés. I’ve had some great ones from the US and Spain, but in my experience US and Spanish rosés are hit or miss while French rosés consistently show high quality. Where are your favorite rosés from?
Rating: Buy a bottle