Monday, October 21, 2013

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Côteaux d'Ancenis Rosé "Le Logis Du Gouverneur"

Côteaux d'Ancenis Rosé "Le Logis Du Gouverneur" 2011
Ancenis, Loire Valley, France

Well, fall seems to have fallen. This will likely be the last rosé of the season. I know. Sniff.

This is a rosé of Gamay -- the grape most known for Beaujolais. It hails from the obscure Côteaux d'Ancenis Appellation in the Nantais region of the Loire Valley (so obscure it barely gets a mention in The World Atlas of Wine). From what I can tell, this Appellation specializes in dry Gamay reds and rosés. After this wine I want to seek out more from this region!

Review: Oh my, a wine chalk full of berries! This rosé is a dark pink color, with aromas of fresh summer strawberries. On the palate it's bright and highly refreshing - more berries with just the tiniest touch of leathery animal notes. I was surprised by how full the body is on this wine -- much more so than your average rose. The finish is a little short, and the acidity is a little high, but overall I thought this was a tasty little wine.

Food Pairing: Big enough to stand up to pretty much anything. I paired it with a chicken sandwich. Yum.

Bottom Line: Nice body, good fruit. Not shabby at all for $8.99.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Côteaux d'Ancenis AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Gamay
  • BOOZE: 12%
  • CELLAR: Drink Now

Where did I get it? Wegman's
What's the damage? Low Price

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