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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Bordeaux Rosé 2010, Marks & Spencer

Whilst at the upper end, Bordeaux's reputation rests on its First Growth red wines and a few sweet whites, at the more day-to-day level, the dry whites and, yes, even rosés are well-made and worthy of investigation.

This Marks & Spencer Bordeaux rosé, selected by the Association of Wine Educators, is being promoted by the Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux campaign as an example of an easily-available, mid-range, typical Bordeaux wine.

A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, it is a pale salmon pink in the glass and shows strawberry and redcurrant fruit with a touch of minerally toastiness on the nose.

On the palate, there is more redcurrant fruit, a refreshing and food-friendly acidity that feels softly rounded, with a good savoury depth of flavour and more toasty minerality on the finish.

The wine is produced by Maison Sichel and being dry, with good acidity and medium-bodied, would be a perfect picnic wine or summer aperitif - as a food wine, it is quite versatile and will stand up to a range of foods such as salmon, quiche and white meats such as plain-roast chicken and ham.

£6.99 from Marks and Spencer; provided for review

Links

Marks & Spencer - http://www.marksandspencer.com/
Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux - http://www.goodfoodwouldchoosebordeaux.com/
Maison Sichel - http://www.sichel.fr/

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