Wine of the Week-Chateau de Parenchere Bordeaux Clairet 2009
It might be chilly this week, but despite the unexpected cold front, we still have rosés on the brain. Despite stereotypes about pink wine, this isn’t some sugary sweet juice you might find at a convenience store. We have a selection of amazing rosés that are dry, refreshing, and impressive. This week we are all about Chateau de Parenchère’s Bordeaux rosé. This château is located on the eastern part of Bordeaux’s wine growing area and has ideal terroir for grape growing—soil has a high clay content which aids in producing wines with strength and backbone. Also, vines are grown on hillsides so rainwater drains naturally and therefore grapes do not become waterlogged.
The 2009 vintage has a beautiful, shimmering ruby color and is made from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of wild strawberry, cranberry, slight hints of spice and crushed herbs really jump out of the glass. The fruit hits the palate then demonstrates some complexity and finishes crisp and dry. This is such a versatile rosé—amazing to drink on its own while sitting on your porch. Or try with dinner tonight! It can be paired with grilled meats, fish, flatbread, and spicy dishes.