Wine Tasting #11: French Grenache

I ended up skipping last week in wine tasting, due to being busier in work than usual. All the same, I’ve since returned, and I’m ready to conquer another type of wine! This week features my first (and only) rosé, originated from the south of France. Rosé is usually served chilled, as the perfect, refreshing drink for a hot summer’s day; it’s my personal favorite since I’m especially partial to sweeter wines.

Any case, here’s the verdict:

Bernard Magrez Cépage La Référence (France), Grenache (2017)

After chilling the bottle for about two hours, it was nice and cold enough to be taken out and tasted. Corking the bottle, the smell was initially mild, but soon gave way to a sharp and clean aroma, with a subtle citrus air to it. The color was also fairly lovely, a beautiful shade of pink in the glass.

Taste was what fell a bit flat, though. While full and well-rounded, the aftertaste was a slight disappointment as the taste was too sharp and acidic for my liking. Aside from that, it was a decent and reputable bottle of rosé that I enjoyed.

My ratings:

  • Smell: 4/5 (sharp, crisp, citrus notes)
  • Color: 4/5 (rosy and vibrant)
  • Dry level: 0.5/5 (definitely sweet)
  • Aftertaste: 3.5/5 (well-rounded, yet a tad too sharp)

Overall rating: 4/5

Besides the slightly overly sharp and bitter aftertaste, the rosé was a lovely combination of sweet and aromatic, aspects which pardon its faults. Given that we’re well into the summer months, it’s the perfect beverage to enjoy under the hot sun.

Thanks for reading. More to come soon!

— The Finicky Cynic

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