Chateau de Campuget Rose Rhone Wine

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This pretty pale blush wine looks so sweet and innocent but it’s actually more complicated than that. The aroma is of citrus with cherries but the first sip is bracing and crisp with a nice acidity to it. There’s a slight minerality on the tongue, which I like. There’s nothing sweet about this rose but it’s perfect for a hot summer day. Or a cool summer day as is often the case this time of year in the Pacific Northwest.

The grapes used are Grenache Noir (30%) and Syrah (70%).the bottle cost about $10 and I may buy a case. If you want a crisp rose, I highly recommend this.

Any new favorites or old standbys you like for the summer?

La Vielle Ferme 2006 Cotes du Ventoux Rouge

La Vielle Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge

La Vielle Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge

Origin: France (Cotes du Ventoux)

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault

Cost: $8-10

My thoughts: The aroma of this wine was “strong”- wine-likey, I guess. I had sniffed it just minutes after Todd opened it, and my first thought was that it smelled like wet cardboard. I took a couple of tastes, and to me there was a very earthy flavor to it. I tasted another glass the next evening after letting it breath for a while, and it smelled much better. My notes say it had almost a liver-like undertone – better than it sounds, but definitely a savory, rather than sweet taste. It’s a heavier wine than the others I had tasted for the blog, but I do like it. I’d buy it again for sure, particularly to drink with homemade macaroni and cheese on a chilly Portland evening.