It's time to wrap up my Pink of the Week series for this summer, and I close with my go-to Rosé of these balmy months, the 2012 Chateau de Campuget, from my star region in this series, the Costières de Nîmes. As I have mentioned before, this area is prime for selecting delicious and affordable rosés.
Using primarily Grenache & Syrah grapes (which also happen to among my favorite orbs in their red versions), rosés from this region are fruity and juicy, but dry enough for my taste, and always quaffable. Maybe I'm a lucky ducky, but I have yet to have a pink from the Costières de Nîmes that I thought was undrinkable. So friends, if you are a rosé newbie, THIS is a great area to feel safe in.
Whether it was on the porch by the lavender, callelillies, and star jasmine, or by the pool sipping out of my Govino sommelier approved plastic goblets, Chateau de Campuget hit the spot every time. Wonderfully priced at around $10 for this budget stressed economy, this wine has defined my 2013 Rosé summer.
Chateau de Campuget 2012: Lovely salmon color, with a nose of wild strawberries, white cherry, freshly cut herbs, citrus and minerality. Aromas follow through on the palate, with a clean, crisp mouthfeel, and a dry finish. This is a wine I have tried with a variety of dishes over the summer, and undoubtedly my favorites are fresh fruit or farm-fresh vegetable salads with goat cheese, and poached or grilled salmon with a citrus beurre blanc or vinegar based marinade atop a garden-picked salad or creamy risotto.
Everyone have a wonderful summer and I will see you next year for more fabulous rosés and a whole new region for us to explore in Pink of the Week.