Smooth & Supple
The previous drinker must have got a bad bottle because ours was gorgeous. While not a shining example of complexity, this wine was perfectly delicious. Deep cherry and a hint of vanilla on the nose echoed again in the mouth. I found our Chateau La Rose to be a stand-up expression of right bank merlot, silky and rich textures combined with well balanced fruit and not too much alcohol. Hooray! For our dinner, everyone was pleased whether sipping it alone, with bread and cheese or taking it to the plate of broiled salmon over risotto. Again, I can't say I was overly wowed by the Grand Cru, but for the price, not one complaint here. In fact, I just ordered three more bottles.