Sunny days were made for rosé.
Ahhhhh, there’s nothing like a crisp glass of rosé wine after a few hours readying the garden beds for planting. In fact, I have heard the phrase twice this week from wine experts, “If you’re not drinking rosé right now, you should be.” My wine of choice was Le Rosé Chinon by Domaine Fabrice Gasnier. According to Moore Brothers, “This rosé, produced from Cabernet Franc, has appealing strawberry and floral scents balanced by firm structure and a soft, spicy feel on the palate. Superb with composed salads, vegetable terrines and, particularly, with lighter dishes infused with sorrel or chives.”
And I could not agree more. I popped open the bottle while frolicking in the freshly mulched beds and had a wonderful experience with my first Cab Franc. While Cab Franc is one of the major black grape varieties, it is primarily grown for blending which is why you might not have heard of it. Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the offspring of Cab Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
While researching the wine for this post, I saw this tidbit that brought a smile to my face from Chain Bridge Cellars about the winemaker:
Fabrice Gasnier has transformed his family’s Loire Valley estate by converting to certified biodynamic farming and then doing as little as possible to his grapes in the winery.”
They go on to say,
This is 100% Cabernet Franc from younger vines growing on Chinon’s gravely, Loire riverside, vineyards. After a brief stay on the skins, it’s pressed into the tank and allowed to finish low and slow with 5-6 months on the lees (Lees are the dead yeast cells and other particles remaining in a wine after fermentation). Spicy crushed herb, savory tobacco, and a twist of black pepper give the fruit plenty of verve and complexity on the mouthwatering finish. Fun to drink on its own and better still with cheeses, salads, and grilled poultry.
Needless to say, I paired the rosé with a beautiful tray of hard cheese and olives, put my feet up, and gazed upon the garden beds, all ready to grow.