Welcome to the fourth installment of my picks for the summer’s best rosés. Today’s bottle is not for the faint of heart. It is rosé at it’s finest. And it is a bit pricier than the previous, more causal picks I have laid out in the series. But sometimes you have to betray your better judgement, scream ‘YOLO’, and just go for it. Feast your tastebuds on the Rosé de Monté Carlo.
Now I have stated in previous posts, I am not a wine expert. So if you are connoisseur of fine vintages, this is not the site for you. We’ve all been there: the server comes over with a bottle, pours a bit in your glass, and you have to do the whole song-n-dance of swishing it around, pretending you know what the hell you’re doing. I personally take that opportunity to embarrass my doting husband after a convincing performance, to point out to the sommelier that he knows nothing about wine. Pisses him off every time. I know, I am a dream to be married to, right?! But that is my whole point… why should we have to pretend to know anything about a good bottle of wine in order to really enjoy it? This is a safe place for amateurs with an appreciation for wine to dabble in delicious sips, without all the pressures of feigning expertise. Okay back to the good stuff.
The Monaco Rosé Monté Carlo was literally the most expensive bottle of rosé I could find in Houston proper. Clocking in at $35, I don’t know if that says more about rosé or Texas itself. You can be the judge on that one. However, what I will say is that it wasn’t until a few years ago that the wine world started giving rosé it’s proper credence. That’s probably why most rosés you come across are relatively inexpensive. They’re viewed as lesser. Regardless of the politics (or vineyard snobbery) around rosé, I personally think it’s a perfect summer wine. The Rosé Monté Carlo is made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah and comes in a very pale pink. It is extremely light and absolutely delightful for sipping on it’s own. To me it had a distinct honey taste that lingers, but let’s be honest… what the hell do I know?
At this point in the summer, we’ve sipped on some great picks: Mathilde Chapoutier, Sofia, Mimi en Provence, and now Monaco Rosé Monté Carlo. I have one last rosé surprise in store for you this summer, so come on back later this month for the last part of the series. In the meantime, drink like no one’s judging.