2011 Château de la Bonnelière Rosé ‘Rive Gauche,’ Chinon

Rose, especially in the U.S., is too frequently derided as a “fruity” wine, an assertion that entirely misses the fascinating mineral complexity that many of the best French roses share. This example from Marc Plouzeau in the Loire Valley’s Chinon appellation is surprisingly savory and not at all sweet – instead of berries, here we find a touch of roasted pepper, wet slate and impressions of untoasted oak. The nose is classic Chinon, a bit funky but entirely enthralling. Play off this wine’s peppery undertones and serve it with a plated appetizer of red peppers, beets and blackberries with yogurt crème.

MSRP: $16.99 (April 2012)
Wine Lines Rating: 88

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