I’ll preface by saying this was probably the first Rosé we’ve opened in some time…definitely the first appearance in Notes and could possibly be the last. We opened this Château Canon-la-Gaffelière Rosé Blend Bordeaux Rosé on a Friday evening and thought it might escort us into a nice weekend. Just couldn’t take it…seemed so…middling and indecisive.
This 2008 Rosé is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet France, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and those grapes always engender positive remarks–whether separately or as some Bordeaux–from this consumer. Lots of evidence of this all throughout the blog, but it just didn’t add up here. Despite being stored horizontally, the cork had dried out and largely disintegrated when we tried to open this bottle. Maybe that accounted for some unpredictability in taste? I don’t know enough about the spoilage of wines to comment on this further but may give the winemaker some benefit of the doubt by sharing this variable with you, readers.
Given the thumbs down we experienced, I thought it might be helpful to include a second opinion and share with you the following: “This is one of the strongest efforts from Canon-La-Gaffeliere since their spectacular 1990. Tiny yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare and a final blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon have resulted in a wine of exceptional complexity. Aromas of roasted herbs, spice box, sweet and sour cherries, licorice, incense, and black fruits are followed by a wine with tremendous opulence, full body, and moderately high but sweet tannin. Excellent acidity gives precision to this big, but impeccably well-balanced, pure.”
I couldn’t disagree more (confess that we couldn’t even finish half the bottle) but leave it to you if you want to see for yourself. I’ll skip this one next time.