I asked renowned local blogger Louisa Whitney to contribute regularly with some wine reviews because I wanted a different perspective on some of the wines I have been tasting for years. Armed with a couple of bottles of Rose I gave Louisa the brief to give me her feedback on two different wines consumed on a couple of sunny days.
Nick Ryman - June '15
One of the things I love about Maison Liedberg is that they are not stuffy about wine. They really want people to enjoy the wine that they drink. I like to appreciate a nice glass of wine but it gets on my nerves when the bottle talks about hints of melon and try as you might you can't taste any of it. No matter how hard you try you just don't get any notes of melon. Even when you've finished the whole bottle just to check. So I hope that my wine reviews will be the kind of review that you might write yourself after trying a wine - not something for a wine book.
With the sun shining and the BBQ being wheeled out I was very much feeling in a rose mood. I have tried two very different roses from Maison Liedberg this week. The first was a Rose d'Anjou which is priced at £5.20 a bottle plus VAT. This was a beautiful example of a light rose. It was only 11% so good for a Sunday afternoon barbecue. We had some fantastic pork cooked on the rotisserie and they went together beautifully. Although the Rose d'Anjou can be a little bit sweet this one tasted quite dry after the initial sweetness. I enjoyed this as I am not a big fan of sweet wines unless they are specifically a desert wine like a Sauternes.
For me the Rose D'Anjou was distinctly quaffable. That's my more eloquent way of saying you could drink a lot of it. To me summer is about sitting out in the sunshine with friends and enjoying a few drinks and putting the world to rights over a good meal. This wine would go well with most barbecued foods and would be the perfect compliment to a good evening. Best of all being slightly lower on the alcohol you are less likely to wake up with a bad headache if the evening turned into a late one.
If you can get exact opposites in wine then the Chateau Gourran Clairet would be the opposite to the Rose D'Anjou. Where the first was light the Clairet is much heavier and is certainly a wine that you would want to have with food rather than as an aperitif - or drinking over the course of an evening. At £6.00 plus VAT it's slightly more expensive, as you might expect. It is a cross between a rose and a red and it has a gravitas that a lighter red like a Beaujolais probably doesn't bring. It's more acidic than a red too. When you first smell it you could imagine that it is part port - and the colour gives that impression too. I drank it with some brisket that had been cooked for a long time on the barbecue. It was a fab Tom Kerridge recipe but having used the same amount of spice it had come up a little on the hot side. I wondered whether the wine would stand up to this given it was a rose but it absolutely did and actually was a nice compliment to the spicy meat. It's a heavier and much more serious wine (I can't imagine it would do karaoke at the end of a night) but it would make a fantastic compliment to a spicy or heavier barbecue spread.
So there you have it, my views on two rather delicious rose wines courtesy of Maison Liedberg. Happy drinking from Louisa Whitney!