A really tasty, dry rosé from a château just a few miles from us. It's a very pale but pretty pink with a refreshing, mineral edge to it, with good texture, redcurrant fruit and a certain salinity that makes it work with food too. If you're looking for a peachy blush with a sweeter side, this isn't for you.
We actually tracked it down because it won a coveted Gold medal at the Concours de Paris this year (one of the few wine competitions held before the lockdown).
Within this ambitiously packaged, elegant bottle there is, in fact, an unusual blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot. With much less alcohol from the juice of Cabernets than with many Merlots - the dominant variety in Bordeaux - in comes in at a respectable 12.5% alc. Also on the back label are the words Château Vermont, so the 'Vermont' on the front is not just a brand name.
Elisabeth and David Labat took over the running of the vineyard from her father in 2010. There are close to 40 hectares of vines, mostly red, surrounding the impressive 19th century château, and they make this pale rosé from 7 hectares. It's an impressive operation, with a well equipped winery, and they're both working hard to establish Vermont as a serious player.
Do have a quick glance at the small selection of photos below.
- pics at the Chateau