I had the lovely experience of sipping a glorious Dry Rosé last week at the Liberte Lounge in the Sofitel Hotel - Downtown Philadelphia. What was the occasion? Well, I sat there at a high-top table with cushy pillows surrounding me on a plush leather half booth contemplating what to have for dinner. The reason for my visit on this cold, blustery night in the City of Brotherly Love was to conclude my WSET Level 3 studies upstairs on the 3rd floor with a 2.5 hour tasting and theory exam, which was going to be beyond intense. After perusing the menu, I decided to go with the Spicy Vegan Tacos and a glass of 2018 Chateau Val-Joanis Luberon Estate Rosé from the Rhone Valley Vineyard in the Provence region of France well known for exceptional rose. I don't typically reach for a Rosé (even during the hot summer months), but I was curious and wanted to test my knowledge of the Southern Rhone Valley and Provence region of France and acclimate my nose and palate to an Old World Rosé prior to entering the exam room, especially if I have to taste one lol. Plus, price point was good and dry rosé traditionally pairs well with spicy dishes and umami (savory) type foods so I went with it.
I wouldn't say that my food and wine pairing skills are exemplary, but in this case, I was very pleased with the outcome. The wine was great on it's wine as well as with my dinner. I enjoyed it well after the meal was finished and right up to exam time. Since I'm all about sharing and feel very strongly about this Rosé, which was a transformative and enlightening experience, I have listed the tasting notes, review, and other info about the wine below. Hopefully no matter where you reside, you can find this bottle.
Château Val Joanis 2018 Joséphine Rosé (Luberon)
My Tasting Notes -
The wine is pale salmon. Nose - The wine has a medium intensity and youthful (drink now or up to a year - will most likely be fully developed by then, therefore will decline losing fruit). The aromas are of slightly underripe stone fruit, peach, apricot, watermelon skin, raspberry,hint of strawberry and slight citrus fruit - lime.
Palate - The wine is dry with medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, and light body. It has a medium flavor intensity and medium finish. The flavors are soft red cherry, raspberry, some underripe yellow peach, minerality, dried herbs, and lime zest. The wine is good - very good (good because it isn't age-worthy, but very good in terms of quality right now (balance, fruit, some complexity is apparent). Drink now, but not suitable for long-term aging. I give it at least 90 points in my humble opinion!
Pairs well with spicy vegan, shrimp, salmon, or chicken tacos (obviously, lol), artichokes, crab cakes, shrimp/salmon salads, and light seafood.
Grapes used - 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache,10% Cinsault, 10% Rolle (Italian Vermentino). Price point $18-$22!
Château Val Joanis is a winery located in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. The wines it produces are classified as AOC Côtes du Luberon. Val Joanis is a beautiful estate of 400 hectares with stunning gardens and views over the Lubéron.
The 120 hectares of vineyard spread over the hills at altitudes ranging from 280m to 450m, the site of the famous plot ‘Les Griottes’. The vineyards also benefit from a sunny exposure and enjoy a particularly favourable microclimate with late ripening giving the wines freshness and balance.
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