A few posts ago I mentioned how those clever marketing folks are encouraging us to think of Rosé as an Autumnal choice rather than just a summer one. Their suggestion is to match Rosé wines with seasonal foods such as game and pumpkin. The Window On Wine larder was a bit short of partridge or pheasant, but we did have the aforementioned vegetable – and so the Great Pumpkin Experiment began.
The Analyst and I re-tasted the Commanderie de Peyrassol this time alongside a Pumpkin and Taleggio tart (cooked by my own fair hands!) We also tried a new Provence Rosé – La Mascaronne Quat’ saisons Cotes de Provence 2010. Even the name of this new wine – Four Seasons – is hinting that it’s more than just a summertime tipple.
In the glass you can’t tell the wines apart – they both have a pleasant salmon pink colour. The La Mascaronne is a bit fruitier on the nose than the Peyrassol, but has the same lemony citrus aroma with light strawberry hints. It’s also dry, but more upfront on the palate, really quite fruity and zingy, although those flavours don’t last. This wine has some juicy acidity but not as much as the Peyrassol. What it does have is higher alcohol at 13.5%.
Overall I preferred the Mascaronne and give it a W.O.W. factor of 6.5
You can find it priced £11.99 at Noble Green Wines
I admit that this wasn’t conducted under laboratory conditions with double blind samples, but we just didn’t really find the Rosés complementing the pumpkin tart. The Analyst and I tried to search for seasonal spicy notes in the wine – we didn’t find any. I thought the citrus acidity of the Rosés would balance the creamy taleggio – but they didn’t.
So at Window On Wine we remain unconvinced about the extension of the Rosé season. It’s just a shame that summer seems so far away.