Just to show that I don’t always get the food and wine matching thang correct this wine, brought to accompany a salad, just didn’t work. The salad was a little unusual, a Japanese Carrot Salad, doused with sesame oil, fish sauce and a little sugar and was replete with a spicy edge courtesy of a chopped chilli and grated fresh ginger, this dry wine failed in the face of this flavoursome on-slaught.
Wine Tasting Note: Laroche Rosé, 2006, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France. Available from Tesco for £5.99.
The wine itself offered a delightful pale rose-petal colour and a lightly perfumed nose of red fruits. While the palate could be described as ‘refreshing’ I found too acidic and quite tart on the finish. They should have left it a little off-dry to counter the aggressiveness.
The flavours are quite delicate and floundered against the food. The slight sweetness in the sauce emphasised the acidity in the wine. It wasn’t a good match at all but then it wasn’t a great wine to start with. Expensive for what it offered. Scribblings Rating – 78/100
The Laroche website is a slow-loading flash based monstrosity where the ‘English’ pages actually display in French. But I did find that the rosé is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Merlot. Alcohol 12%.