We were disappointed to learn that the Nordstrom in Burlington had closed the stylish Blue Stove restaurant, a small plates and wine haunt for VinoDuo. A few years back, Lisa discovered Whispering Angel rosé at Blue Stove and it quickly became a favorite before the wine took a dive into sweet and sad. The Blue Stove replacement is Bazille, a slightly cheaper, slightly more mainstream restaurant with the same sleek bar and a brand new wine list. Thankfully, Whispering Angel was gone. In its place, a Provencal rosé from Jean-Luc Colombo. And damn if it didn’t suck Lisa in too.
The Cape Bleue 2016 is produced in Marseilles with the classic Rhone grapes Syrah (67%) and Mourvèdre (33%). Colombo has been dubbed the “Winemaking Wizard of the Rhone” and he obviously waved his wand over the Cape Bleue. There’s a bit of limestone and peach on the nose. Dry but not bone dry. Subtle but not boring. Salmon colored but not fishy 🙂 Lots of fresh fruit on the nose, dominant peach and a hint of honeysuckle. If the Arugula Salad with Lump Crab and Avocado had taken any longer to arrive, Lisa would have licked the glass dry. Unlike the burst-of-summer rosés she gravitates towards, the Cape Bleue has enough heft to get her through the winter.
And this wine is so cheap! At $9/$10 a bottle (less than Bazille charges for one glass!) we’ve found our new house rosé.