“We’re going to get it serviced up and take it out, … because a lot of people have never seen it, and they need to see it.” — George Clinton
I love rosés. And Château Ballan Larquette Rosé 2009 is no exception. It’s a sophisticated rosé with the usual strawberry notes, but with a dusty herbal mineral petrol quality to it. A much more complex rosé than is normally available in the United States. A summer sunset in a glass.
That said, this might not be for everyone. This was tasted as part of the Planet Bordeaux on-line tasting and it got a split decision. I opined that this was a “wine for grown-ups” to which John Cesano of John on Wine slagged it, saying, “It might also be described as a wine for masochistic grown-ups. I’ll stay a kid, thanks.” Dezel Quillen of My Vine Spot was more diplomatic, “Let’s just say it’s a pink drink that makes you think. This wine has a lot going on. Peeps used to a bright bowl of red fruit may not dig it.” But Katie Pizzuto of Gonzo Gastronomy nailed it saying, “I’m actually thrilled to be dealing with a rosé that isn’t overly fruity. Nice to have the funk. A George Clinton wine.” Wine Harlots say bring the funk, baby! Other opinions are available from Jeff Siegel of the Wine Curmudgeon and tasting notes are available from Ward Kadel at Wine Log.
The perfect pairing for the Château Ballan Larquette Rosé is sushi. Maybe not the typical pairing, but it’s an inspired combination. The music match is from the Wine Harlots favorite funky white chick, Nikka Costa, from her forthcoming album Pro*Whoa! Nikka has covered Mumford and Sons “Little Lion Man.” It’s so awesome, Little Lion Man is my new theme song, available as a digital download from iTunes or Amazon.
The wine details: 13.5% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Bordeaux. Varietals: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc. The suggested retail is $16 USD. Imported in the US by Exclusive Imports Inc. The wine was provided as a media sample for the Planet Bordeaux Twitter Taste Live media event facilitated by Balzac.
“Funk is fun. And it’s also a state of mind, … But it’s all the ramifications of that state of mind. Once you’ve done the best you can, funk it!” — George Clinton