Wine of the Week: 2011 Mas De La Dame Rosé du Mas
Region: Les Baux de Provence
I am so determined to keep summer alive as long as I can. Serving and enjoying rosé wine is one easy little way...
... to maintain the sunshine and vacation feeling as the days shorten and fall beckons. We had a friend coming to dinner last Friday so I picked up this delicious rosé from Mas de La Dame, in a local wine store. It went down so well. Our friend even noted that it was one of the tastiest rosé wines he had ever tasted.
Very pretty salmon color with coppery glints. Inviting minerally nose, garrigue, earth and hints of cured meat interwoven with a delicate cocktail of red fruit. Very refreshing, quite broad and mouth filling, with ample bright flavors of wild strawberry, redcurrants and watermelon. There is a really attractive savoriness to this wine. Well balanced, flavorful with a moderately long finish.
At the Table
For me rosé wines are some of the most versatile wine at the table. This one is easy drinking enough to sip on its own or with salty snacks but it is also great with a variety of seafood dishes such as charred squid or octopus, grilled fresh sardines or tiny red mullet. We enjoyed it with pan-fried flounder dressed with a homemade tomato chutney (bursting with flavor), made by our friend's mom, who lives in the south of France, and grows all her own tomatoes), roasted baby potatoes and a salad of shaved fennel.
About Mas de La Dame, Les Baux de Provence
Mas de la Dame translates as the "farmhouse of the women". It is owned by two hard-working determined ladies, Anne Poniatowski and Caroline Missoffe, who have set a new quality standard and benchmark for the wine potential of the Baux de Provence terroir. The Mas de la Dame vineyards are now certified organic in France. This 2011 Rosé du Mas is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault and is vinified in stainless steel tank with no malolactic fermentation to retain brightness, freshness and lively fruit flavors.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.
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(Image: Mas de La Dame)