2019 Rosé, Cuvée d’Andrée
Estate Grown & Bottled | VQA — Niagara-on-the-Lake
We dedicate this delightful Rosé to Madame Andrée Bosc – wife, mother and winery matriarch. We wanted to make a wine with as much joie de vivre as Madame. The vibrant pink certainly makes a statement. We were able to extract this colour by using only fully ripe grapes and by allowing an overnight cold soak to bleed out the colour from the skins. This is the old school way to make a crisp, dry Rosé. On the nose the aromas will remind you of fresh strawberries and cranberries. On the palate it is fresh and lively.
Vineyard Manager's Notes
We take our Rosé very seriously. We believe that any wine we make must be made from the best grapes we can grow. This Rosé is no exception. We’ve chosen Pinot Noir to make this wine because we love the result. Notice the harvest date — we choose specific bunches in the vineyard that we believe will make the best Rosé. In each Pinot Noir block, bunches for sparkling wine are picked first, then Rosé then the rest are left to hang so they develop the maturity needed for our Estate Grown & Bottled and ‘Old Vines’ Pinot Noirs.
Bosc Family Food Pairings
For us, Rosé is the one wine that will pair with anything. If we’re having a tough time finding a match for a particular dish, we know we have our Rosé in our hip pocket. We have enjoyed it with beef satay, with a thick and juicy burger off the grill and even a summer field greens salad topped with a pan-seared sea scallop. When in doubt, Rosé!
||Brix at Harvest
“This fresh and vibrant rose (named after Madame Andrée Bosc) continues to please year over year as I have said before. It is still 100% pinot noir, dry “old style” as in Europe, but loaded with Ontario cranberry, red fruit strawberry, and some discreet black cherry tones from the hot summer, coming in at 12.5% ABV. Stainless steel fermentation of course, and twist top. Refreshing.” 92 points -- Dean Tudor, Gothic Epicures, June 2019
“Aromas of sliced strawberry, mixed spice and ripe red cherry abound from this 100% pinot noir rosé. It captures the palate with an endless stream of soft tang delivered on flavours of crunchy red fruit—cherry, currant and pomegranate. It’s medium weight with good mouthfeel and a lingering, tangy, lip-smacking finish. Pour on its own as refreshing sipper on a warm day or pair with all manner of deli platter or with oil and vinegar-dressed arugula salad topped with crumbled chèvre or blue-veined cheese.” 90 points --Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, June 2019
“Château des Charmes winemaker Amélie Boury is always on point with this wonderful rendition of Pinot Noir rosé from estate fruit on the St. David’s Bench. Boury achieved the vibrant pink colour by using fully ripe grapes and allowing them to cold-soak overnight to bleed out the colour. It has a lovely nose of cran-cherry, raspberries, bramble and strawberry patch. There is a smidge of sweetness on the palate with a range of red berries, a silky/luxurious feel in the mouth and vibrancy through the finish. Really quite nice.” 90 points -- Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, June 2019
“This is a big and robust (for rosé) wine. Lots of strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb tones with a lifted floral note that really soars out of the gate. There's a hint of white pepper that nudges its way in towards the end to remind you that this wine is not done with you yet. So pleasant and appealing. The fruit is so ripe that, though dry, the wine offers a hint of sweetness. Gorgeous. This will be ideal for herbed pork tenderloin, or with sandwiches featuring freshly carved roast beef.” 88.5 points -- Michael Vaughan, Vintage Assessments, June 2019