May 11, 2005
La Vie En Rose

BANDOL.JPGDum, dee dum dee dum dee dum...dee dum dee dum dee vois la vie en roooooose...

I love the pink life. When the sun starts making longer appearances in the Paris sky I start thinking about the south of France and its lovely pink wines. My dear husband is more of a fan of the Sancerre rosé from the Loire valley but I like a deep pink Tavel or a lightly pink icy Bandol. I started drinking these wines long before visiting the south of France for the first time and so I can't claim I found them there and drink them here to remind me of glorious holidays. (Instead, I remember visiting Provence the summer after the Critic and I married and exclaiming with surprise as we passed through villages "Oh! I know that wine!! It's really nice - we should stop here!") However you don't have to see the terrain before tasting the wine to know that it's made for hot summer days, cold salads and barbecues on the beach.

And so in preparation for this edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday (TMC's first participation in this fine event) I bought a nice bottle of Bandol a few weeks ago. I was already familiar with the Domaine Ott Bandol wine, with its funky bottle shape. Ott is a bit expensive though and so I decided to try more reasonably priced Cuvée Lou Coutri. At 6.40 euros, I didn't get the fancy bottle but I did get a very nice wine.

The first thing I noticed about the Cuvée Lou Coutri is the unusual color of the wine, a slightly orange-tinted light pink. The taste of the wine matches this light elegant look. The label describes it as having a "fruity touch" but initially it's actually relatively dry. After the initial dry hit, you do taste a little bit of a berry depth. It's lovely as an apéritif and would go well with fish, as suggested on the label. But actually, I think it's perfect partner would probably be a nice barbecue - a theory I'll be testing later this month. In any case, at under 7 euros it's a delightful wine and proof, if any is needed, that rosé wine has a lot to offer. Gone are the days when it just meant a sweet drink for teenagers and maiden ladies unused to proper wine. Let's hear it for pink power!

Thanks to Sam of Becks and Posh for hosting this month's wine event. I'm glad I'm no longer pregnant and can finally participate and especially glad she chose such a good topic. I'm not so good on non-French wines but have some confidence when choosing a good (French) rosé!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at May 11, 2005 11:50 AM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

I must correct you on one point. We participated in the FIRST WBW when I reviewed a wine called Casilero del Diablo -

Posted by barrett on May 12, 2005 at 1:10 AM

OOPS. I blanked on that one, sorry - it was in the days when I was TT...

Posted by Meg in Paris on May 12, 2005 at 1:56 AM

I don' tblame you - it's been a long time since we participated. We still haven't done a Sugar High Friday, or have we/

Posted by barrett on May 12, 2005 at 9:17 AM

Maybe you should all enter the next one!
Thanks for taking part this time.


Posted by sam on May 16, 2005 at 9:23 AM
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