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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 175 Drink: Chateau Penin 2009 Bordeaux Clairet

When you think of red wine from the Bordeaux region of France you usually expect a purple, full-bodied wine. But Chateau Penin de-stems merlot grapes and after 24 to 60 hours of maceration the juice is run off. This means the wine takes on only a portion of the available color from the skins and ends up a bright rose color.

Chateau Penin 2009 Bordeaux Clairet has a mild fruit aroma. Served slightly chilled, the wine is meant to be an aperitif and its fresh, tart flavor profile and moderate tannin level do a good job in freshening the palate.

1 comment:

John said...

Nobody ever writes about this style of wine. I made a dark rosé last year from syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault from the Sonoma Valley and am looking for taste profiles to see if mine is at all similar. Thanks for the info