52 Weeks of Wine – Week 23: Grenache-Syrah Rosé (March 30th-April 5th 2019)

Cote Des Roses

We’re rounding out GSM month (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), and though we’ve tasted each of the varietals individually, this week I chose a different representation of the varietals: a rosé. Rosés only recently became part of my favorite wines when I realized that not all rosés are sweet. I felt a little silly when I discovered this fact though since I’ve been recommending rosés to other consumers, I’ve seen how prominent this belief is! 

A Grenache-Syrah rosé is a traditional rosé blend from the Provence region of France. So, if you’re participating in the 52 Weeks of Wine Training Program and enjoyed this wine, asking for a “Provence-style rosé” at your local wine shop or liquor store will likely offer comparable wine styles. 

This Gerard Bertrand Cote Des Roses rosé has been my “go-to” over the past few months. The color is a beautiful, blush color and the fuller body is visible in the glass. The aroma is cotton candy. I’ve previously discussed the concept that we cannot smell sugar, but that aromas can remind us of sweet tastes like cotton candy. This is very applicable for Cote Des Roses because the taste is not sweet. The flavors are strawberry, white flowers and some grapefruit. 

The retail price of this wine is $13-17 (if you have a Costco near you, it’s typically priced at $11.99). I gave it a 5 out of 5 cork rating.

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