Gerard Bertrand 2016 Côte des roses Rosé

Gerard Bertrand 2016 Côte des roses Rosé

THE  BOTTLE BOTTOM IS SHAPED LIKE A ROSE TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL SILHOUETTE.  

THE  BOTTLE BOTTOM IS SHAPED LIKE A ROSE TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL SILHOUETTE.
 

This week we found the Cote des Roses rosé at Costco – WOW! super price of $11.49. Recommend – so go quick and buy a case before it is all gone.  This is one to bring out on Memorial Day and every week-end this summer.  On the shelf the wine catches attention because of its rose-shaped bottle. But when you open it –  chilled of course –  the wine is big, fresh and fruity, not too sweet, not too dry.

COTE DES ROSES AT COSTCO - FABULOUS PRICE, STOCK UP FOR SUMMER

COTE DES ROSES AT COSTCO - FABULOUS PRICE, STOCK UP FOR SUMMER

Cote des roses is the name of the coastal area near the typical village of Gruissan and is known for making great Rosés. A boon for winemakers making the Languedoc-Roussillon a land of extraordinary oenological potential and is home to the most diverse array of grape varieties in the world.

Gerard Bertrand

2016 cote des roses Rosé

WINE MAKER NOTES IN HIS WORDS

A soft, pale, brilliant pink with bluish tints developing over time towards more orangey nuances. The bouquet releases aromas of summer fruits, cassis and red currant. Floral notes of rose along with hints of grapefruit complete the picture. The finish is fresh, offering notes of candy.
— Gérard Bertrand
WINE MAKER GERARD BERTRAND AT THE VINEYARD

WINE MAKER GERARD BERTRAND AT THE VINEYARD

ABOUT THE WINE MAKER

Gerard Bertrand was born and raised in the South of France. Making wine with his father, Georges, since the age of 10, Gerard Bertrand creates a full range of wines from the region – red, white, rose, varietal, appellation, estate, still, sparkling, and dessert.

Committed to producing quality wines of great value, Gerard is hands on in every facet which bears his name. He has been fortunate to receive great accolades from reinforcing his dedication that his wines evoke the image and emotions from the South of France "Art de Vivre" – the "art of life."

THE COTE DES ROSES ARRIVES IN A BEAUTIFUL ROSE SHAPED BOTTLE WITH GLASS STOPPER. WE FOUND IT AT COSTCO  - WHERE THEY HAVE A GREAT SELECTION OF WELL PRICED WINES

THE COTE DES ROSES ARRIVES IN A BEAUTIFUL ROSE SHAPED BOTTLE WITH GLASS STOPPER. WE FOUND IT AT COSTCO  - WHERE THEY HAVE A GREAT SELECTION OF WELL PRICED WINES

OUR TAKE

 We liked drinking this wine – refreshing and smooth. A rosé that is not too sweet, doesn't taste like a white zinfandel, and is not too dry. A very nice happy medium.

Opening this wine was also surprising – instead of a cork or screw cap  there's  a really well designed glass-cork stopper – literally a snap to open but also works well when re-corking –  providing an excellent seal.

You can visit and even stay at Chateau
L'Hospitalet on the property

We like that Gerard and his team have put effort into their vision and created a symbol that reflects their values through the Gerard Bertrand's Coat of Arms. Here are the details:

The oval symbolizes unity, infinity, perfection, eternity. The cross with its four elements and its twelve points of the zodiac represents the perfect perpetual cycle of time and nature.

GERARD BERTRAND'S COAT OF ARMS  REFLECTS A COMMITMENT TO THE ART OF LIFE REFLECTION FROM THE EMOTIONS AND IMAGES EVOKED FROM THE BEAUTY OF SOUTH OF FRANCE

GERARD BERTRAND'S COAT OF ARMS  REFLECTS A COMMITMENT TO THE ART OF LIFE REFLECTION FROM THE EMOTIONS AND IMAGES EVOKED FROM THE BEAUTY OF SOUTH OF FRANCE

The red color symboloizes love, wealth, power, justice, the color of life and of the divine and the present, the color of the revolution and of transgression. It represents the values of conviviality, excellence, authenticity and innovation.

The doves drinking from the cup represent sharing and communion.

Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, reflect the cycle of nature which renews itself each year.

More importantly, Gerard Bertrand is committed to sustainability in France's Languedoc region through bio-dynamic farming focusing on producing organic wines.

FOOD PAIR

 The Cote des Roses rosé will pair well with all your sushi nights.

THE COTE DES ROSES ROSÉ IS PERFECT FOR ALL YOUR SUSHI NIGHTS

THE COTE DES ROSES ROSÉ IS PERFECT FOR ALL YOUR SUSHI NIGHTS

A french baguette , ham and cheese with spicy antipasti to sample MAKES A NICE HAPPY HOUR

A french baguette , ham and cheese with spicy antipasti to sample MAKES A NICE HAPPY HOUR

Mildly spicy food, antipasti and fish will all pair up nicely with this rosé. Try it out with chicken salad on a fresh French baguette with a chilled bottle of cote des roses rosé. Just Awesome.

SERVE CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES ON FRENCH BAGUETTES WITH CHILLED ROSÉ

SERVE CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES ON FRENCH BAGUETTES WITH CHILLED ROSÉ


CLASSIC CHICKEN SALAD RECIPIE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup diced chicken
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced celery
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste
 

HOW TO PREPARE

1.    Place all ingredients in a bowl; stir to combine.

2.    For a whole-grain sandwich, layer your favorite whole-grain bread with
¼ cup baby greens (we used arugula) and chicken salad.

3.    To serve on a bed of greens, place 2 cups mixed salad greens on a plate; spoon chicken salad over the top, and add 6 to 8 halved red seedless grapes.

CHILL THE COTE DES ROSES ROSÉ TO PAIR PERFECTLY WITH A CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH

CHILL THE COTE DES ROSES ROSÉ TO PAIR PERFECTLY WITH A CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH

THE COTE DES ROSÉ  PERFECT TO TAKE TO THE BEACH PICNIC COOL AND REFRESHING..

THE COTE DES ROSÉ  PERFECT TO TAKE TO THE BEACH PICNIC COOL AND REFRESHING..

Fun Fact

Gérard Bertrand, has been topping his  crisp rosés off with glass stoppers (a glass-cork cap)  an elegant addition to an already artistic bottle.  The beautiful glass stopper adds a sophistication to the  experience when drinking Cotes des roses. When you’re dealing with rosés and whites that are best enjoyed young, the cork doesn’t have much to offer.  The glass stoppers  make opening and keeping a bottle more fun. The seal is SO GOOD IN-FACT you can re-use the rose shaped bottle for your other summer beverages Cool!

ALL THE RAGE, GLASS STOPPERS ARE TAKING STORM IN THE ROSÉ  WORLD

ALL THE RAGE, GLASS STOPPERS ARE TAKING STORM IN THE ROSÉ  WORLD


Food Pair Recipe

Jamie Bissonnette of Food & Wine magazine has a simple recipe for a soy-honey-mustard sauce. It’s delicious on the salmon here, but he also recommends it on chicken before grilling.

JAMIE BISSONNETTE OF FOOD AND WINE GRILLED SALMON WITH HONEY MUSTARD PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD & WINE.

JAMIE BISSONNETTE OF FOOD AND WINE GRILLED SALMON WITH HONEY MUSTARD
PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD & WINE.


You can get the full recipe here

Rosé Cocktails

PRETTY ROSÉ COCKTAILS

PRETTY ROSÉ COCKTAILS

Try something different next happy hour with these RoséCocktails.

Cognac Rose Garden
4 ounces Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses rosé
1.5 ounces Remy Martin VSOP
1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon rose syrup
Splash of sparkling water
Grapefruit slice garnish

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the Remy Martin VSOP, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and rose syrup. Shake well to mix and chill, then strain into a wine glass. Add the Cote des Roses rosé, top with sparkling water (if desired), and serve.


LITTLE ROSE COCKTAIL
4 ounces Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses rosé
1 ounce Bracero silver tequila
½ ounce Cointreau
1 teaspoon agave
Orange slice garnish

Directions
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the Bracero silver tequila, Cointreau, and agave. Shake well to mix and chill, then strain into a wine glass. Add the Whispering Angel rosé and serve


Parisian Summer Sangria
1 bottle Gérard Bertrand Cote des roses rosé
2 cups white cranberry juice
1 small package raspberries
1 small package blackberries
1 nectarine
1 peach
*½ cup sugar  - *optional

Directions:
Wash the fruit and slice the nectarine and peach into thin wedges. Combine all the fruit in a pitcher, followed by the Château de Campuget rosé and white cranberry juice. Serve immediately or chill overnight. Add sugar to sweeten if necessary.

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