If you are looking for a lovely sip that goes with pretty much any kind of food, here is a great choice. This delightful H to H Côtes du Rhône Rosé is a deliciously versatile wine at a bargain price.
Relatively obscure and a small production vineyard, the Homage to Heritage house in northern France goes by the H to H label.
Their wines are moderately priced and have never received the critical acclaim we feel is their real due. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a great wine. But it is a well-balanced and refreshing sip at a price point that is very reasonable on the U.S. market. This is a versatile wine that pairs well with almost anything you might serve in the summer or early fall, including deeply smoked meats or spicy dishes. And compared to many of the other rosé wine at this price point, it is a dazzler.
You will find it an extremely versatile mate to a wide variety of flavors.
What is does Côtes du Rhône mean?
Côtes du Rhône refers to a designated wine area in France that is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Evidence shows this area in northern France along the Rhône River was a major wine region even in Gaul’s pre-Roman times. And for several centuries, wine from the Rhône region were the papal favorite.
So they know a thing or two about wine in the Côtes du Rhône. And the sophistication shows in the taste.
This is an area that produces red, white, and rosé wines.
The Red and rosé wines of the Côtes du Rhône are made from Grenache noir, Syrah, and Cinsault, then to a lesser extent Carignane, Counoise, and Mourvèdre grapes.
There are some distinct locale differences in blend by law. But part of the blend is very prescribed. For example, all reds from the Côtes du Rhône region must contain a minimum of 15% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre grapes. And any red grown south of Montélimar also must be comprised of a minimum of 40% Grenanche noir and may contain no more than 5% of white grapes.
For Côtes du Rhône rosé wines, a maximum of 20% white varieties may be used.
And Côtes du Rhône whites must contain a minimum blend of 80% Clairette, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc, and Voignier. Two lesser-known secondary varieties may be used in Côtes du Rhône whites as well: Ugni blanc and Picpoul blanc.
So consistency of taste is a hallmark of Côtes du Rhône wines, regardless of the color.
So what about the taste of the H to H Côtes du Rhône Rosé?
At first glance, you see a very pale pink dancing of lights in the wine. This is a rose that is on the edge of white to the eye.
That delicacy of taste remains through out with with a balanced and appealing tinge of acidity. But when we say delicate here, we do not mean without decided taste.
The first NEZ is strawberry with a whiff of cherry and smoke. The BOUCH is vanilla-strawberry followed by an overtone of moss, with a slow finish of dried unsweetened and unpitted cherry. Although the overall nature is crisp, there is no after-bitter in the least.
We served it well chilled with a huge, simple garden salad of mixed greens topped with chunks of Peppered Adobo Chicken, avocado, and our homemade Keto Ranch Dressing. It not only was perfect with this light meal, but it was a lovely sip both before the meal with mixed nuts and olives and throughout the evening after dinner with a bit of dark chocolate.
We think next time we will have it with Baked Brie or Spicy BBQ Chicken. And yes, it is definitely a buy-again for us. No doubt about it.
Last, but definitely not least. The right Rosé glass.
This pair of Rosé glasses by Riedel is available on Amazon. They definitely are not bargain basement crystal. But keep in mind Riedel is regarded as THE premiere crystal maker for wine glasses in the world. The hours of research Riedel undertakes to determine the optimum size and shape for each specific varietal is legendary. And Rosé glases, real ones that maximize the nez and bouche of Rosé, are very difficult to find. Believe me, we’ve looked. These from Riedel have an 11.5-ounce capacity and are engineered especially for Rosé.
You can typically find this set of two Riedel Extreme Rosé glasses on Amazon for just under $40. Delivery and returns are free with Prime.
Remember, the right glass makes all the difference in a wine.
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