Wine and Walnuts

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From Disappointment to Delight: Corbières Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris 2010


Last Saturday I bought a disappointing Rosé. This Saturday I bought one that made my heart – and my palate – sing.   Seriously. 

I stopped into The Wine Sampler on Oleander – nice job, by the way! — this was my first visit  since they moved into their new location, and it’s all light and bright and lovely – and checked out the Rosés. 

What I wanted was a dry and fruity Rosé to go with a tuna dish I planned to make, something from France, I was thinking.  There were three French Rosés to choose from, two of which I’d already had, so I chose to step into the unknown and buy the mystery Rosé.  This is a big step for a girl is who is obsessively routine-oriented.  But I digress.

The really cool thing was, when I was paying for the wine, I noticed  the “Imported by Kermit Lynch, Wine Merchant” seal on the back of the bottle. I wrote a post a few months ago about being able to use this trick to find a great bottle of wine if you’re not sure what to buy, i.e, knowing the importer.  Once I saw that “stamp of approval,” I knew I’d made the right choice.

You’ll notice this wine is a Gris de Gris.  According to wine expert Jancis Robinson, a wine labeled gris de gris must be made from lightly tinted grape varieties described as gris, such as Cinsault or Grenache Gris.  The super pale pink hue of this one marks it as a Vin Gris, which is decidedly paler than most rosé. 

Domaine de Fontsainte is located in Corbières, in the Languedoc region of France.

The 2010 Gris de Gris has got fairly low alcohol at 12.5%, which is especially nice if you love this wine as much as I did and have 2 or more glasses.  There’ll be no nasty hangover the next day, always a plus. The grape blend is 70% Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir; 10% Mourvèdre; 10% Carignan; and 10% Cinsault.

My impressions:  Notes of strawberry and watermelon; fresh and vibrant with a nice, racy acidity; very well-balanced.  The color is a very light salmon hue. I loved the minerality and the long finish. I found it to be especially delicate and nuanced, which made me think how perfect it would be as an aperitif, pre-dinner, or simply to sip on its own, no food required. 

Dry rosés are near perfect food wines, but I wouldn’t match this one with anything particularly overwhelming in the flavor department, as it is very light and refreshing.  You wouldn’t want its delicate flavors to get lost in a match with something that might overpower its charms. This wine is very well worth the price at around $15 retail.

I paired it with something called Bouchons Au Thon, essentially “tuna corks,” which I will share the recipe for in my next post.


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