National Rosé Day is traditionally celebrated on the second Saturday of June each year. I would be lying if I said I had known this fact for a long time. But thanks in part to many of my friends who love Rosé not just in this gorgeous warm weather months, but whenever they get the chance. And I do mean whenever.
Many of my friends exclusively drink Rosé and nothing else. I feel as if I’ve said this about particular wines and grapes before.
It’s a well known fact that Rosé may be the oldest wine there ever is and ever was. And it can be used from many different grapes. It makes the possibilities and the creativity endless. But at the end of the day most of us just want a wine that tastes good, is affordable, and enjoyable either with friends of in the comfort of solitude.
For such a special day I didn’t want to fall into the added pressure of having to find this most amazing Rosé that has to stand above all the rest. You know sometimes without thinking too hard, that will happen. In this instance I went with one with a charming and enchanted label, along with the fact that it was a mere $10.00
The 2016 Reserve De La Dame A L’Oiseau, Rosé has one of the more majestic and captivating label you’ll find on a wine bottle. Yes I did judge a bottle by its over, but in the right way. And that’s half the battle.
And I’m thinking, oh this is the Côtes du Rhône region. This has to be good. I love Côtes du Rhône!
I believe in previous years I’ve had this selection from Vineyard Property Association (more can be learned here), and the fact that I only believe and don’t fully remember tells me that the wine didn’t resonate with me, good or bad.
What has happened since is more or less the same.
The lighter pink color would make you think it would taste a bit lighter. I would say this is more on the medium side. But it just didn’t wow me. And this is not based on the fact that I’m not a regular Rosé drinker (yet I’ve been starting to drink semi-regularly now as the weather gets glorious), but something just didn’t make this stand out.
And for many of us it doesn’t matter. I imagine in certain circumstances this wine would be perfect. And many people are going to love this. This is just my opinion, but even after a few minutes of breathing time, it didn’t get any better for me. There’s aromas and tastes of fruit. You could say strawberry, raspberries, and many other berries for that matter. But it doesn’t matter. This is an ok wine and a reasonable price.
If I had this with friends and the setting was perfect, I might be singing a different tune. No I’m not backing away from my opinion. I’m making the point that I think has happened to many of us. The same wines we had in one setting, may not work in another.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to a wine tasting and had multiple wines that tasted like the greatest thing on Earth. Yet only to go home and have that same wine a day or week later and wondering what went wrong. Maybe it was the excitement of the moment. This is what this wine reminds me of. I think somewhere else I might like this.
I did have this one alone but only could finish a glass. I did my best to enjoy my glass with a little snack of meat, cheese, and crackers. That’s another great thing about Rosé. It can pair with a multitude of foods and in a multitude of settings.
I’ve seen this label in many a wine shoppe, so it shouldn’t be hard to find. If you want more information (and maybe where you can find the bottle in your area) from the importer, LVDH, their information can be found here.
Technically we have yet to reach Summer. And I want to savor every minute and second of that fact. I also hope to savor more charming Rosé wines as the weather continues to be breathtaking. And I hope future Rosé selections will do the same, be breathtaking…
Thanks so much.