Les Vignerons de Tautavel 2016 “Le Cirque” Côtes Catalanes Rosé ($13.99)

“Le Cirque”

Clear, bright salmon pink, a very pretty blend of Grenache Noir (40%), Mourvèdre (40%), and Syrah (20%). Strawberries and raspberries and fresh green herbs on the nose; red berries and a whiff of watermelon on the palate, nicely balanced by crisp, fresh but not overwhelming acidity. It’s nearly dry, with 13% alcohol and a touch of fresh-fruit sweetness that could be a hint of sugar or just fresh, ripe fruit. U.S. importer: Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, Va. (June 22, 2017)

FOOD MATCH: The winery suggests enjoying it on its own or with charcuterie, seafood, or fruit-based desserts. It made a great match for us with a summery asparagus risotto.

WHEN TO DRINK: The wine’s good balance and sturdy metal screwcap will hold it for a few years, but rosé is almost always at its best when it’s young and fresh. I’d enjoy this 2016 now, then watch for the following year’s vintage.

My local price is a few bucks above the $11 U.S. average retail reported by Wine-Searcher.com, but I’d be happy with this good, refreshing rosé at the middle teens or below.

Here is a winery fact sheet on the Le Cirque Côtes Catalanes Rosé.

Check prices and find vendors for Le Cirque Côtes Catalanes Rosé on Wine-Searcher.com.

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