Monday, June 28, 2010

CVNE Rioja Rosado 2008

This is the third different rosé wine I purchased from Majestic on the weekend, and the one that I suspected would be the best. Actually, as I was putting the bottles into my cart, a member of staff mentioned to a watching customer that this was probably the one he'd recommend as the best one there. Like I said in a previous post, they didn't have a very good selection for some reason.

Anyhow, I was right and this one hits the spot. It's a deep pink colour - these types I prefer to have with food (although it's totally fine without it) - dry and refreshing. It's a bit negative, but for me what makes a good rosé is what it isn't sometimes. It lacks what I think are three things that make bad rosé: a confectionery-like flavour (like candy floss), a bitter finish, and an overtly alcoholic flavour/finish. These flaws are pretty common in rosé (especially new world like Australian), and Spain is probably my first choice if I want to avoid these (and not pay crazy prices). You are left with the dry red-fruit flavours and just enough tang to make you reach for the food platter.

Forget Shiraz for BBQs, this is more like it.

Rioja Rosado 2008
Rioja, Spain
£7.99 (£5.99 when you buy 2 or more)


  1. You're going up each time - maybe you'll hit a five soon.

    Must say I'm not a rosé fan but I do remember enjoying a (lot of) Bandol in a company hotel outside of Nice. I also remember thinking must not buy any as it won't be the same back home.

  2. Marc,

    I keep meaning to try Bandol (both red and rosé) but have never got around to it. I love rosé in the summer, nothing beats it in hot weather (except maybe a good dry English cider like Aspall)...

  3. Not much Bandol around here - reds, which are also good, seem to start at about £12.50 here and there are a few to choose from. Rosé is scarce - Majestic has one at a cool £23...

  4. Marc,

    Actually I lie - I have tried Bandol rosé, and it may have been that one from Majestic. A friend of mine brought over a half-bottle if it. I'm not sure it was the exact same as the one at Majestic, but it was a Domaines Ott, and it was a Bandol.

    We have wanted to try Domaines Ott for ages - it's the Rolls Royce of rosé supposedly. When we drank it I was running around like a madman trying to cook dinner and entertain, etc, so I didn't really get a chance to enjoy it properly, hence no blog post. However I do remember it being very complex weighty..not a typical rosé at all.

    Speaking of Majestic I just placed an order with them - a bunch of whites and rosés, quite a few of which I've never tried before. It's being delivered tomorrow.

  5. Well Tim while the heat is on I think this is the time to drink southern European wines. I was in Italy last week on business (Tuscany) and had some superb Chianti (chosen by the people I had dinner with). This was after the only successful England game and along with some beers and grappa I don't remember much else after that.

    I think Majestic is a good store. The best case I ever had was one Christmas at the Highbury store when the chief wine buyer happened to be there. He took me round and picked for me - and not surprisingly he said some of the cheaper ones were better so it wasn't too costly.