Monday’s recommendation, Oveja Negra Reserva 2010 Reserva Rosè from Chile’s Maule Valley, remains a good one and on sale at Montgomery County Liquor stores for just $8.49 a bottle. But there are sales all over town on some tried and true favorites that are also worth seeking out.
Provence and 80 percent of the wine from Provence is rosé. And one consistently good, inexpensive example is from Château Montaud. We first recommended Château Montaud Côtes de Provence Rosé 2009 nearly two years ago, and now the 2011vintage is widely available from $8 a bottle (Rodman’s on Wisconsin Ave., NW) to $13 a bottle (Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean). “Rich-tasting and well-crafted, with flavors of honeysuckle, red cherry and spice. Creamy and lush on the finish,” is how Wine Spectator’s Kim Marcus described the 2010 vintage.
Another pair of perennial French favorites also comes from the south, the Costières de Nimes region just west of Provence. We first recommended the 2007 vintage of
“A breezy style, with open-knit watermelon and strawberry notes,” Wine Spectator’sJames Molesworth wrote about the 2011 vintage of Chateau Grande Cassagne. Wine Spectator lists the price at $10 a bottle, but you can find it on sale for $8.49 at Calvert Woodley and $8.99 at Rodman’s.
“Lively, with slightly taut cherry pit and cranberry notes followed by rounder strawberry fruit on the finish,” was his description of the 2010 vintage of Domaine de la Petite Cassagne, which is on sale at and Calvert Woodley for $8.99. The new 2011 vintage is also on sale at CW for just $7.99 and at Rodman’s for $8.99, while it’s widely available elsewhere for between $10 and $12 a bottle. (CW also has the 2009 vintage on sale, though that one may be a bit long in the tooth, as rosé is generally made to be consumed young.)
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