This may just be the best value wine this summer in Korea. 2010 Brumont rosé from the Cotes de Gascogne region is made from a blend of equal parts of tannat, syrah and merlot and delivers great texture and flavor.
The wine is a rich salmon color with fresh strawberry and melon notes, delicate minerality and good clarity through the palate. Tannat adds texture and body to this wine allowing it to perform well at a higher temperature than more delicate pinot noir based rosés. So, less stress about serving temperature on a picnic.
Great with gilled seafood, barbecued pork or baked salmon. Pair with almost anything; this is a versatile rose with good fruit and plenty of texture.
19,900 won at Enoteca in Apkujeong or about 22,000 at independent wine shops in Seoul.
I have yet to find a wine of such quality and expressiveness in the under 30,000 won price range. Brumont rosé sets the bar high in this price category.
By Joshua Hall