The first time I tasted a bottle of Charles Joguet’s Chinon, my French mother-in-law—aware of my enthusiasm about sharing it with the family—prepared a festive dinner. It was a crisp fall evening, and gold-rimmed antique china provided a glamorous backdrop for the rustic venison and whipped chestnut purée she served at her little Burgundian farmhouse. The occasion was not particularly special, but my in-laws are of the sort that easily finds reason to celebrate. On that evening, the wine was more than a worthy excuse, thrilling the eye with its royal purple color and exalting the palate with layer upon layer of complexity. I knew next to nothing about wine at the time, and this was one of the bottles that opened my eyes.
A young, peppery nose with tart red currant aromas that practically jump out of the glass. On the palate, the fruit follows through to a spicy, astonishingly lengthy finish. A satisfying match for charcuterie or creamy fresh goat cheese, which complement the refreshing acidity.
Deep, dark herbal aromas announce a muscular palate, boldly delivering a delightful burst of red fruit along with tannic structure. Did I say Petites Roches had a long finish? Well, this one goes on for days. Try it with farm-fresh beef and olive sauté.
I always get a little chuckle out of the fact that we tend to recommend this wine for picnics. This is serious rosé! You’ve got that trademark explosive fruit and Cabernet Franc spice and big, round body followed by the most thirst-quenching finish. Then again, I have to remind myself that the people who take this wine on picnics also take their picnics very seriously. Simple but sumptuous ingredients are surely de rigueur, making this rosé the perfect pairing.
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