Friday 18 May 2012

The Rose Quest Continues!

Tonight we explore two Marsannay Pinot Rose wines. Pretty much equal in structure, character and mouth feel, although the Clair-Dau was a tad better on this evening. They both went very well with grilled salmon with a basil sauce and sauteed mushrooms.

2010 Bruno Clair Marsannay Rose
A cool, somewhat restrained nose with notes of wild strawberries, almost ripe rasberries, earth and a touch of licorice. A nice laid back sweetness . Good. Very fresh.
The taste is fresh, medium bodied and cool with notes of rasberries, blood oranges, dry earth and milk chocolate. A medium long, fresh finish. Nice but a tad anonymous. The lengt is fine though, with a good dry twist.
85p (tasted 2012/05)

2011 Domaine Clair-Dau Rose de Marsannay
A Domaine Clair-Dau wine although it was vinified and bottled by Jadot. The nose is a little tight but with nice notes of wild strawberries, freshly washed clothes drying in the air, thyme and a touch of bonfire smoke. Very good.
The taste is fine, cool and elegant with notes of lingonberries, rasberries, blood oranges, warm herbs and a dusty summer road. A fine, fresh finish that ends dry. A fine balance.
88p (tasted 2012/05)


  1. Summer wrapped up in bottles :)

    We had another one yesterday, "2010 Côtes de Provence Rosé Château de Selle, Domaines Ott". One of the most beautiful bottles in the cellar and with the colour of the wine it's a winner even before tasting. It's a great drink also.

    1. Domaine Ott usually produce some really nice wine, so no surprise that their Rose would be a great drink. I will have to track it down...