It’s mid-August and we’re experiencing late summer anxiety, that feeling you get when autumn attire hits the high street and you realise there’s only a handful of useful days to throw that al fresco dinner you kept postponing, finally go camping or rosé the evening away.
While there’s no reason for your enjoyment of pink wines to stop once the first leaves begin to fall, this is the most appealing season to blush so, whether you have seized the summer or are finally daring to catch up, it’s not too late to indulge in a charming bottle of rosé.
Bougrier VDF Les Hauts Lieux Rose 2016 is a pleasant sight of a different shade of French rosé. Coming from Touraine, a name to remember from the Loire Valley, it is a fruity blend of Cabernet Franc and Gamay, slightly more intense than the barely blushed bottles from Provence, but without reaching the intense heights of loud and proud Spanish rosados.
Aromas of raspberries and pink grapefruit are followed by a taste of crisp strawberries, citrus and a moderate acidity. At a tame 12% ABV, it is fresh and doesn’t overwhelm, ideal to sip chilled on a warm day, perhaps accompanied of prawns, crab or lightly seasoned chicken.
Bougrier VDF Les Hauts Lieux Rose 2016 is available at O’Briens Wine for €13.95 (on offer, buy one, get the second at half price).
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.