Wine of the Week [June 17-June 23] Rosé Spécial

Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts!  Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, send the papier-mâché statue of Dionysus mentioned in a previous blog post off to the Smithsonian to be measured for historical accuracy, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering two wines per week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m.

Each week in June will feature a rosé to help make enjoying the Spring/Summer weather a little easier.  This Friday, I can’t wait to see the faces of the people who come to taste!  This sparkling Cabernet Franc rosé is sure to make some enemies, but, for those who enjoy it, it will make your day!  From Clos Cristal, a property donated to Les Hospices de Saumur, we have their Clos Tirmouches vin mousseux (not so fancy French word for “sparkling wine”) rosé.  The vineyards of Clos Cristal contain and are lined by very large stone walls, some of which are used as a trellis for the Cabernet Franc vines planted there.  Antoine Cristal, who pioneered this system of vine training in Saumur, helped bring the Cabernet Franc based red wines of the region, now classified as Saumur-Champigny, to international recognition.  This wealthy, well connected former businessman poured everything at his disposal during his later years into his one passion, wine.

Wow!  If you want to experience the kind of wine that gets wine pro’s all giddy, try a glass of Clos Tirmouches.  Earthen nose, steel wool on the palate, with smatterings of figs and plums throughout.  This rosé is very dry, so most of us won’t be sucking it down by itself.  However, if by chance there happens to be some cured meats or cheeses laying around…

See you Friday!!!