Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Couly-Dutheil Rene Couly Chinon Rose 2009

You can get this wine for 11$ right now at Costco. Funny, this is the second wine from this estate that Costco has had recently. Again, shocked that Costco would have a wine from the Loire. Just doesn't seem to gel with their general mix of product--highly pointed wines. I guess it's worth pointing out that I haven't ever seen them carry a red Chinon--just this one--and the whites and roses are probably more likely to please a wide audience since the flavors aren't as divergent from what constitutes normal as the reds. Or I could be totally full of shit (which is likely). It doesn't really matter though, does it?

100% Cabernet Franc. This wine is fantastic--definitely the best rose that I've had yet this summer. All red berry fruit (maybe even a bit of strawberry), just a little bit of pepper, some grapefruity notes in the mouth, stony finish, juicy, and absolutely delicious. Perhaps this is just me being overly analytical, but I think you can taste the fact that this is made out of Cabernet Franc--it has echoes of red Chinon with the pepper and the stonyness. A splendid accompaniment to an eggplant, tomato, olive, garlic, and leftover-chicken thigh pasta dish that I threw together at the last moment. I'm definitely getting several more bottles of this wine. A


CabFrancoPhile said...

D'oh, you beat me to this one! I have a post scheduled on this wine in a few days.

Totally in agreement with the review. This is kind of a fruit bomb, so much so I was surprised by it. Almost like bubblegum/candy fruit, but with air the Cab Franc characteristics came out more clearly. I was kind of hoping for something more austere! Really good stuff for the price, though.

Jeff said...

Great minds think alike... I like fruity rose that's "correctly made" like this a lot. When I'm in the mood for rose, I'm in the mood for something thirst-quenching and not too complicated.