The World Through Rosé Colored Glasses is a Beautiful Place

IMG_5489It’s actually surprising that most lawyers do not know much about wine. They drink wine[1], and they’re willing to spend good money on it, but they don’t take the time to actually know and understand what they’re drinking[2]. That’s ok though, because that’s one of the reasons I started this blog. Now, I don’t know gobs and gobs about wine, but it’s always interested me and I found myself wanting to know more about the glasses[3] I would order.

In the circles I travel in, I tend to be the one to select the wine, and am usually pretty good about choosing something pleasant and drinkable. That is of course, except when I’m with Very Knowledgeable Lawyer Friend (“VKLF”) and her Semi-Sommelier Husband (“SSH”). I met VKLF in law school; we actually went to the same college and graduated the same year, but so did several thousand other people.[4] VKLF is an amazing wealth of knowledge when it comes to wine, probably inspired and assisted by SSH. He’s a wine guru, so when we go out together, we let them pick. VKLF and SSH have become great friends of ours, and they have introduced us to some amazing and unique wines[5]. This particular rosé was a gift from them, so I knew it would be a delicious selection. With the weather changing from frozen tundra to an attempt at spring, I thought a nice rosé would be perfect for the day’s drinking adventure, and it was.
To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               April 11, 2015
Wine:              2013 Mas Fleurey Rosé
When I smelled this wine I said, “This is how Rosé should smell” and the experience got better from there. The beautiful pink amber color swirled to reveal beautiful legs. On the nose there was sweet grapefruit and cider, almost a hint of bubblegum. Brie, salumi and fontal cheese paired exquisitely. It tasted like a beautiful bouquet of citrus, exceptionally smooth with a pleasant lingering finish. Complex enough to be interesting; extremely pleasant and not too sweet. Husband said he smelled fresh cut grass. I smelled wine and cheese.[6]IMG_5509

Wine Dossier
Rosé is a type of wine that uses some of the grape skins to give it that beautiful pink coloring, but not enough so that it can be considered a red wine.[7] Rose can actually come from anywhere and be made with any type of grape, but according to the Internets, France really knows what they’re doing, especially producers in Provence, where this particular bottle hails from. Apparently Rosé is fairly easy to produce; there is not much time spent in maceration[8] or aging, so some of the best rosés are priced at under $15 per bottle. Online this retails for between $12 and $13. At that price it probably makes sense to buy a case to gift to those you love, and to enjoy on spring and summer days.

I could not find a single thing about this producer, Mas Fleurey. They don’t have a website or Instagram account, and barely anyone has hashtagged them.[9] The bottle itself is beautiful, shaped like a beautiful pear shaped lady. This was the “Grande Réserve Milésime 2013”. In English, this translates literally to “Large Reserve Vintage 2013” [10]. Excellent wine with an excellent price tag.

Go forth and drink Rosé! Cheers!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Lots of wine.
[2] Probably because lawyers don’t have a lot of free time.
[3] Ok, ok, bottles.
[4] I also had friends in law school that did the same thing and now they’re married.
[5] And food too. Homemade coq au vin, c’est magnifique!
[6] On another note, I had come home ill from work Friday and was still recovering from my literally hours long allergy sneeze attack. Immediately after drinking this wine and writing a bit about how it tasted, I fell asleep for about two hours. My computer lay untended and Husband added a few choice (read: inappropriate) zingers to what I’d written. Good thing I’m a compulsive editor. Sheesh.
[7] Buzz Feed has a fairly informative (read: hilarious) dossier on Rosé. You should check it out.
[8] Maceration is a step in the red winemaking process during which the ruptured grapes, and thus the juice, spends time soaking with the skins, seeds and stems to impart the color into the juice. A more detailed explanation is available here. With rosé, maceration is not a very long process since the goal is to keep the color pink, not red, and therefore not as much time is needed.
[9] I’ve changed that. I love hashtags. ##
[10] In the wine world, the word “reserve” is not clearly defined, so different producers use it to mean different things. Some countries have rules for when the word can appear on the bottle. As I’m sure you can guess, ‘Merica doesn’t have any rules, so it’s a free for all. In theory, it means that the winemakers reserved some of their better wine to sell either at a later date and/or for a higher price. Check this out for a nice explanation.