Posted by: Will | July 15, 2009

Bastille Day Rosé Festival 2009

The 2009 Bastille Day Rosé Festival, held at the Whittemore House (home of the Woman’s National Democratic Club) near Dupont Circle, was a rousing success!

The event included a class led by Laurent Guinand, PhD, and a tasting of fifteen different Rosé wines.

The tasting pitted French Rosés against Rosés from around the World.  As only diplomatic on Bastille Day, the French wines appeared to be favored.

If you were unable to attend the event and are interested in creating your own Rosé wine tasting, the wines served at the event are listed below:

Rosés served during the Class:

2008 Vieilles Vignes Rosé Domaine St Andre de Figuiere AOC Cotes de Provence (50% old vine Mouvedre, 25% Cinsault, 25% Grenache)

2008 Confidentielle Rosé Domaine St Andre de Figuiere AOC Cotes de Provence (50% old vine Mouvedre, 25% Cinsault, 25% Grenache)

French Rosés served during the Festival:

2007 Domaine Roland Tissier & Fils AOC Sancerre (100% Pinot Noir); fruity/red berries

2007 Chateau la Mothe du Barry Cuvee French Kiss AOC Bordeaux Clairet (Merlot); Raspberry/red berries

2008 Domaine de la Figuiere Cuvee Magalie AOC Cotes de Provence (50% Mouvedre, 25% Cinsault, 25% Grenache); Strawberry/citrus/mint

2008 Les Vignerons de Tavel Carte d’Or Les Lauzerales AOC Tavel (Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah); Strawberry/cherries

2007 Domaines Bunan Mas de la Rouviere AOC Bandol (Mourvedre, Cinsault, Grenache); Strawberry/light fruits

2008 Chateau la Calisse AOC Coteaux Varois en Provence (Syrah, Grenache); Raspberry

2008 Mas de Cadenet AOC Sainte Victoire (Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah); Candied fruit/vanilla

World Rosés served during the Festival:

2008 Tegernseerhof Zweigelt Rose, Wachau District, Austria (Zweigelt); Cherry/red currant

2008 Cantina Gabriele Rosata, IGT Lazio, Italy (Sangiovese, Merlot); Dried apricot

2009 Mulderbosch Cabernet Rose, WO Western Cape, South Africa (Cabernet); Strawberry/stone fruits/red berries

2008 Antis Malbec Rose, Mendoza Valley, Argentina (Malbec); Red berries/red currant

2007 Gran Feudo Rose DO Navarra, Spain (Garnacha); Strawberries/mint/green tea

2008 Cline Vineyard Mourvedre Rose, Sonoma Valley, CA (Mouvedre); Plum/red berries/rose petals

2007 Albemarle Rose, Albemarle, VA (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot/Malbec); Floral aromas/honey

2007 Big House Pink, Monterey County, CA (Primitivo/Syrah/Carignone/Mourvedre/Barbera/Tennant/Sangiovese/Muscat/ Canelli/Counoise/Cinsault); Strawberry/candied fruits/minerality

Our Favorites:

Laurent: 2007 Domaines Bunan Mas de la Rouviere & 2008 Confidentielle Rosé

Hailey: 2008 Chateau La Calisse & 2008 Tegernseerhof Zweigelt Rosé

Will: 2008 Domaine de la Figuiere Cuvee Magalie & 2008 Tegernseerhof Zweigelt Rosé

Feel free to share your own Rosé wine recommendations with us below!

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