A Review Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d’Oc Rosé 2014 by Michel Chapoutier: Or, Why I’d rather drink French Rosé than go to the Iowa State Fair.
So, I turned Mr. Sportcoat earlier today and said, “You know. There’s only one day left of the Iowa State Fair. Maybe we should go tonight.”
He said, “To tell you the truth, I’d rather sit on the balcony, have a nice meal, drink some wine, then finish that Jean-Luc Godard film we started last night.”
We both laughed, knowing all too well how utterly snobbish that sounded.
Nevertheless, we couldn’t drag ourselves to the fairgrounds for overpriced food on a stick. Yes, there are some other draws (the lights at night are spectacular), but having been 10 years in a row, I think we’ll skip a year. We’ll drink some wine, eat some Sockeye Salmon, and listen to the swell of the late-summer locusts; later, as they go silent, we’ll listen to the tree toads and crickets. And then we’ll go inside and finish up that Godard film.
So, what’s to drink? A spectacular late-summer night calls for a spectacular wine:
Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d’Oc Rosé 2014 by Michel Chapoutier.
There are wine writers who will tell you to drink Rosé all year—and certainly, you can. But it will never taste better than right now. And in my mind, there are no better rosés than South-of-France rosés. This one is extraordinarily bright, fresh, and fruity, with that great combo of zippy red berries and citrusy appeal that I love in a French rosé.
It’s not super bone-dry, so if you’re looking for a rosé that drinks like a Tavel, this won’t be your wine. But I adored it, because (as I’ve probably said before!), I love some fruit in my pink wines. After all, if there aren’t any berries in my rosé, I might as well be drinking a white!
More details: It’s a blend of Cinsault and Grenache, and has a nice body for a summery wine. Alcohol by volume: 13% (I prefer a little less, but this is by no means a bruiser).
Disclosure: As is often the case with wine writers, I was sent this wine for review purposes. However, as always, I would never recommend a wine that I wouldn’t buy myself, and indeed, I plan to head out to buy some soon–before summer is truly over. It costs a very reasonable $13-ish a bottle.