It’s finally June and there is no better way to celebrate than a delicious glass of rosé. This month we do just that with a brand spankin’ new pink wine from one of our favorite producers in Cahors, Philippe Bernède of Clos la Coutale. Philippe’s red Cahors wines are known for their deep, earthy fruit and longevity in the cellar. Let’s not forget that it is in this sleepy village where the world- famous Malbec got its start. Like many producers in recent years, he decided to make a rosé just this year. We’re the first shop in the country to get it, and it is a stunning tribute to a more drinkable side of Malbec.
Malbec, or Côt as they call it in these parts of France, may be well-known world-around, but the character this grape gives depends highly on where it is planted, what the climate and soil is like, and how the resulting juice is treated in the cellar. Unlike most South American expressions, French interpretations are often less about fruit and more about earth, with a hint of rusticity. That could also be said of this rosé, which gives up an appreciably fruity nose of salty strawberry and tangy melon alongside background notes of black pepper and thyme.
Though his family got their fame for the invention of a new style of corkscrew, Philippe Bernède’s is an outspoken advocate for Cahors wine. Often mentioned simply as an afterthought in French wine, well-made Cahors is consistently one of the best values to be found in French wine. Unlike South American examples, the style in Cahors emphasizes earthy rusticity rather than fruit, and you may find more similarity with entry-level Bordeaux than with your favorite Argentinian example. Concurrently, when it comes to rosé, the emphasis is on lower-alcohol, more mineral- driven expressions, though not many folks in this neighborhood make pink wine.