If you see my posts, you know all too well that I am addicted to Rosé Champange. Also, I love to pair food & wine.
Everyone has a passion and or gift(s). One of the other things I do well is make the best fruit tart I’ve had anywhere. I’m not bragging, just relaying something that has played out through my experiences. I make it twice a summer season and have been waiting to pair with the Ruinart Rosé this season. I simply knew these two would be perfect together and it didn’t disappoint. Even over the Billecart Rosé which, on its own, I enjoy more over the Ruinart Rosé.
The fruits in each marry perfectly. The crust of the tart picked up and extenuated the dough/baguette crust in the Champagne. There is a perfectly even tug of war between the dessert and the Champagne which, is the primary essential building block of any good food & wine pairing. The wine and dish should not dominate one over the other. The flavors of each should complement each other in some fashion and there are normally many paths to choose from in getting there. This happened perfectly tonight with this Cuvée and my tart.
The Ruinart shows rich, deep and ripe fruits. Black cherry, strawberries, citrus blend, raspberries, soft, delicate chalkiness, mid intensity volcanic minerals, bread dough/Baguette crust, excellent acidity and beautifully, delicious, rich, elegant polished finish that persists minutes. 9.2 on its own and 9.4 with the fruit tart.
Photos of; the House of Ruinart, famous painting of Ruinart’s founder-Dom Thierry Ruinart, my fruit tart and the walk down to their chalky caves. So chalky, its seeped through the bricks they laid to support the ceiling and walls. — 2 days ago
Sourced from the Two Blondes Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, the 2018 Rose by Andrew Will opens with intense aromas of red raspberry cordial, green apple and shades of wild mushroom with citrus blossom that round out this beautiful bouquet. The texture entices as ripe strawberry and melon tones combine with citrus blossom accents. Refined and elegant, yet showing good richness, this outstanding new release is irresistible right now. Drink 2019-2024- 92 — 15 days ago
Pale salmon pink. Strawberry and spearmint notes in nose, even when chilled, impressive. Strawberry flavor with hint of raspberry and black pepper, good acidity, mineral, white grapefruit and black pepper in finish. Decidedly dry and the better for it. Not quite as memorable as the 2017 but I like to think of this as one of my three “go to” local (Pacific NorthWest) dry roses — 5 days ago
Nose has mashed strawberry/banana and cut red delicious apple.
Palate has sweet, but dry, strawberry, banana peel, under-ripe red currant and light green herb notes.
An interesting rose that I was able to get some more information about on my visit to the BB winery last Fall. The wine is 100% DeChaunac, a more common varietal for colder climates, like Ontario. The third vintage on this wine, fruit is sourced locally from Sheldrake Point.
This wine still wins the prize for about the darkest color of any rosé in our cellar. Light ruby, like a flawless stone you can see right through. — 15 days ago
Perfect wine for #NationalRoseDay. Pale salmon pink and clear in appearance. Layered nose with strawberries, creaminess, honeydew melon and some light gravel. Medium acidity (6.5/10) and light plus bodied. Crisp palate with layers of raspberries, cantaloupe, stone fruits and a little sweet spices. Medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2022. — 10 days ago
Nose has cold raspberry and sliced strawberry.
Palate has strawberry mousse and raspberry grated into limestone slabs.
Simple notes, yes, but a very nice bottle. A sparkling wine (Brut) from Provence, or the more wider Méditérranée IGP. This IGP shares its land with AOC appellations as varied as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Bandol and Côtes de Provence. Information as shared by my dear wine mentor friend, David T.
First time I've ever had a sparkling wine from Provence, neat stuff here. — 15 days ago