Friday, July 25, 2014

Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône Rose

Cellier des Dauphins Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône Rosé 2013
Rhone Valley, France

I was initially drawn to this rosé because of the label. I love the whimsy and bright colors. It looks like something out of a carnival. The wine didn't let me down: it, too, is bright and fun.

The Les Dauphins is bottled by the Cellier des Dauphins cooperative located in the southern Rhone Valley. The rose is a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault. Cinsault, you may not know, is a grape of southern France and is frequently used in rosé to lends youthful aromatic and perfumed notes.

Review: A soft salmon pink color, the Les Dauphins shows aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries, honeysuckle and tangerine. The wine is dry with bright acidity wakes up your palate, and is paired with a soft body. The ripe red fruit is joined by a light minerality and more citrus on the finish. Yum.

Pairing: Grilled chicken and summer squash!

Bottom Line: Fresh and fruity. Great price (under $15!). This is my new favorite rosé for the season.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: Côtes du Rhône AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée)
  • GRAPES: 10% Cinsault, 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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