Sunday, August 2, 2015

Southern France Rosés with Morrell & Co. #Winetasting

Rosé Wine Tasting with Morrell & Co. Fine Wine & Spirits- NYC


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Rosé lover?  Ever traveled to the South of France?  Well, you do not have to travel that far because you can experience the south of France right here in New York. Morrell & Company and RobbReport/RobbVices (the source for all things in global luxury) hosted a Summer Rosé Soirée to present a taste of rosés from top producers in Southern France. 

Morrell & Company, located at Rockefeller Plaza, has been a neighborhood retail store since 1947.  It now comprises the Morrell & Co. Fine Wine & Spirits store, Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe, Morrell Fine Wine Auctions & Vintage Wine Warehouse. Morrell has both an extensive and impressive wine inventory that includes old and rare vintages.  Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe was voted "Best by-the-Glass Wine List in the World" by The World of Fine Wine and  "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator.

Summer Rosé Soirée


Morrell assembled an amazing horizontal tasting of eight rosé wines.  The wines were from the 2014 vintage year, with the exception of one from 2013.  Morrell did not restrict the tasting to one region in Southern France, but facilitated a tasting that consisted of rosés from the Provence, Bandol, Cassis, Languedoc and Corsica wine regions.  

Provence
Provence is rightfully known as the heart of the Cote d’Azur for its beautiful countryside, food and language.  The tastings were from Domaine Ott Chateau de Selle, Chateau Minuty M de Minuty and Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé 2014.  Although the Minuty is one of the most popular in southern France, of the trio, the Miraval agreed the most with my palate.


Bandol
Morrell shared La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé 2014 and Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rosé 2013. While La Bastide was young and light, the Terrebrune was darker, richer and showed well how allowing the rosés to age can have an immense impact on the taste.  Eric Asimov’s article in the New York Times about rosés from Provence, elaborated on the progression of rosé wines and the fact that, despite popular belief, rosé, too, needs to age.


Cassis
Cassis is a small fishing village in southern France known for signature fish dish, bouillabaisse, and its limestone walls, the Calanques.  It’s also produces great white wines and nice rosés, such as the rich, hearty one tasted: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Cassis Rosé 2014.  This same rosé was also highlighted by Asimov, who referred to this wine as “fresh, delicious and almost salty.”

Languedoc
Languedoc is France’s largest wine-growing regions.  It has a variety of climates along the Mediterranean and mountainous areas, which results in a variety of wines.  The main grapes are Carignan and Grenache. Languedoc produced the complex Puech Haut Prestige Languedoc Rosé 2014 tasted at Morrell Wine Bar.  There is much more to learn more about the Languedoc wine regions. View more articles and information here.  

Corsica
Corsica, which is an island to the southeast of France, is the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, who is said to have been very influential in Corisca wines.  Corsica's climate and viticulture is prime for making wine.  Although international grapes have been planted, most of their wines are made from the indigenous grapes, such as the aromatic Sciaccarellu.  These wines pair well with grilled fish and octopus.
Domaine Comte Abbatucci Faustine Vieilles Vignes Rosé 2014 was light and delicious.    

The wine tasting at Morrell was a delightful experience, as it provided more insight about rosés from the south of France.

If you are in the New York City area, want to buy or taste amazing wines and want a fantastic wining and dining experience, you must visit Morrell & Co. Fine Wine & Spirits and Morrell Wine Bar & Cafe.  


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References:
Asimov, E. (2015, May 21). Rosé Wine from Provence Deserves to Live a Little. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://nyti.ms/1FqAyrT

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