Clos La Rose Red Blend Bordeaux 2010
Ships to: DC, VA, CA, ID, NM, NV
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 15% ABV
Grapes: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
Region: Bordeaux, France - Saint Emilion Grand Cru AOC
Clos La Rose is a predominantly fruity wine, with a light woody note. It is a versatile wine that leaves a feeling of softness and sweetness. Sandy silt soil. 12 months aging in French oak barrels, 20 % of which is new barrels, 70% barrels of wine and 10% barrels of two wines. Lying on its 4 ha, Clos La Rose is the second vineyard acquired by Mr. Carles in the municipality of St-Emilion in 1948. Historically, a “clos” was a plot of land surrounded by a low stone wall, allowing to trap the sun’s heat of the day. The “rose” symbolizes the first roses of spring located near each row of vines that are used to help the winegrower notice the presence of aphids and various diseases.
Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. Merlot grapes are identified by their loose bunches of large berries. The color has less of a blue/black hue than Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and with a thinner skin and fewer tannins per unit volume. Merlot grapes tend to have a higher sugar content and lower malic acid.
Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties worldwide. It is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone. Cabernet Franc is lighter than Cabernet Sauvignon, making a bright pale red wine that contributes finesse and lends a peppery perfume to blends with more robust grapes. Depending on the growing region and style of wine, additional aromas can include tobacco, raspberry, bell pepper, cassis, and violets. In general, Cabernet Franc is very like Cabernet Sauvignon, but buds and ripens at least a week earlier. The vine is vigorous and upright, with dark-green, 5-lobed leaves. The winged bunches are elongated and small-medium in size. The berries are quite small and blue-black in color, with thin skins. Cabernet Franc can adapt to a wide variety of vineyard soil types but seems to thrive in sandy, chalk soils, producing heavier, fuller bodied wines there. The grape is highly yield sensitive, with over-cropping producing wines with more green, vegetal notes
Clos La Rose is perfect with grilled, roasted or stewed meats. A successful wine and food pairing with this red could be also with some cheeses such as Saint-Nectaire or with a multitude of Asian dishes and fish-based recipes like tuna.
- Beef bourguignon
- Burrata and Chorizo Risotto
- Pata Negra Toasts
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