Chateau Rioublanc’s Cremant de Bordeaux Rose is a lovely sparkling wine which can accompany a whole meal, from aperitif to dessert. Carefully crafted by Philippe Carretero at his award winning organic vineyards in Saint Ciers d’Abzac (not far from Pomerol and Saint Emilion) this Rose Cremant recently gained a bronze medal at the Concours Grands Vins de France, Macon. Chateau Rioublanc is certified both ‘Agriculture Biologique,’ ‘Ecocert’ and ‘EU Organic’ and the vines here not been fed chemical fertilizer for at least 20 years.
The estate dates back to the 19th century and was once the home of Yves Renouil, a well known oenologist and author of the ‘Dictionary of Wine’. The Carretero family purchased the chateau in in 1963 and began a long term plan to improve the vineyard with the utmost respect for the environment and quality of the wine. Philippe Carretero represents the latest generation to handle the reins at this small estate. His principles are the same as his forebears: that with every vine you plant you are always thinking of the future and that the living vineyard is a gift that bears a duty of responsibility.
Philippe’s sparkling Rose Cremant is made to the same exacting methods as Champagne and is a Bordelaise speciality. Although world famous for its Reds Bordeaux has been making sparkling wine for centuries. You don’t often see it outside France as it is snapped up locally before it has a chance to reach our shores. Rose Cremant, being rare, is even more difficult to find.
Served between 8 – 10°C Rioublanc Rose Cremant is refreshingly cool and vivacious; a gorgeous tipple to enjoy with friends and family. It’s excellent with a whole array of foods – from poultry to fish – but it’s particularly good with devils on horse back (prunes wrapped with bacon) or goats cheese and fig appetizers; summer soft fruit desserts such as strawberry cheesecake, black forest gateau and raspberry pavlova.