Chemin des Papes Rosé 2010

This rosé is on the shelves at under $10, yet it is in fact perfectly pleasant.  If $10 seems cheap, and since I haven’t complained about Australian wine taxes and prices for at least 20 minutes, it’s available in France for a bit over 3 euros a bottle.  This is a typical simple example of a Côtes du Rhone rosé, made from syrah, grenache and cinsault.

Salmon pink in colour, the wine is bright with a pale intensity of expression.  The nose has a medium intensity expression of strawberries and spices and is quite youthful.  The palate is dry with medium acidity, ever so slightly noticeable alcoholic kick and is a light intensity expression of strawberries and chalk, with short length.  This rosé is perfectly pleasant – a simple and balanced wine suitable for everyday uncritical drinking.  80 points (good)

Abv: 13%
Price: $9.99
Vendors: Dan Murphy’s
Tasted: July 2012

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