Does this wine have a cult following? Should it have a Facebook page? Whatever those answers may be, I continue my current preoccupation with pink with this captivating wine. As I mentioned in a previous post, this wine was on the “Carte du Vin” for our evening at the Herb Lyceum. It deserves a closer look. From the Loire Valley, produced by a cooperative and made with the somewhat obscure local varietal Pineau d’Aunis, the Lieu-dit “Cocagne” is a great value priced rosé. In the glass, the wine is pleasing to behold – shimmering copper with coral highlights. In the nose, pink grapefruit, raspberries, a whiff of acacia, grass and mint. On the palate, the fruit holds forth and leads to a mouth tingling and mouth watering acidity. The mouthfeel is round and full with a mineral softness. (My demented thought was that it was like Sauvignon Blanc but without the cat pee.) I paired the wine with an orzo and shrimp salad. The ingredients would challenge any rosé – in addition to the orzo and shrimp, grape tomatoes, roasted red pepper, pickled red onion, kalamata olives, feta and marjoram. I dressed the salad with a vinaigrette of lemon juice, champagne vinegar, roasted garlic, dijon and olive oil. Successful match-up! The wine paired well with the strong and acidic ingredients resulting in a very pleasant summer supper. If you’d like to join this wine’s cult following, you may purchase it where I found it – Central Bottle and Provisions.
Cave du Vendomois Lieu Dit “Cocagne” Rosé 2010 Coteaux du Vendomois $11
Central Bottle and Provisions 196 Mass. Ave. Camb.MA