What We’re Drinking: Charlotte & Rare Vineyards, Cinsault Rosé, 2011





The Rare Vineyards Cinsault Rosé, 2011 is a great glass of summer rosé. It’s quite a savoury wine and would go well with barbecued chicken and pork – if the sun ever comes out – or with a salad and some grilled fish, if not I enjoy it as a pick me up when I get home from a particularly hard day.

The producers are serious guys who know how to make a good rosé. Cinsault is a grape that is often used to produce rosé in the Languedoc Roussillon where this wine hails from, producing wines with nice strawberry fruit and some herbal hints that make it an excellent food wine.

This wine is made by the saignée method (literally meaning “bleeding”) which is the best way to make rosés; effectively rosé wine produced as a by-product of red wine fermentation. In an effort to impart more colour and tannin to a red wine, a winemaker will remove some of the pink juice from the must at an early stage. This pink juice is then fermented separately to create rosé and hence its pure fruit character and lovely deep colour.
 
To see what the other members of CellarVie Wines chose for the ‘What we’re drinking’ section and why, click on the links below.
 
Christopher - Château Piochet 2009, Bordeaux Rouge 
Ben - Schubert Sauvignon Blanc 2009 
Sophie - Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blanc  
Ben - Hendricks Gin  
Simon - Finca Constancia 'Parcela 23' 
Jon - Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault 
Eliott - Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes  
Christopher - Chateau de Rully 1er Cru, Clos la Bressande 2007  
Sophie - Gewürztraminer Alsace 2009, Martin Zahn  
Charlotte - Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc  
Ben - Flagstone Longitude 
Simon - Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 
Eliott - Veramonte Pinot Noir 
Jon - ‘Piluna’ Primitivo 
Sophie - Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos de Loyse' 2009 
Eliott - Touraine Sauvignon Domaine Trotignon  
Charlotte - 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry 
Simon - Errázuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009 
Jon - Chardonnay Grand Cru 2008, Tenuta Rapitalà 
Christopher - Brookfield Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier 2009
 
Why not let us know what you are drinking by posting your comments in the section below or post photos of you enjoying a nice glass of wine on our Facebook page...
 
 

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