The Spirited Gourmet

Wine and Cheese Pairing

Wines: 2020 AIX Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose
Regularly $18.99, Special Price $16.99

Cheese: Cabriolait
Regularly $39.99/lb, Special Price $31.99

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Spring just wouldn’t be spring without some rose and all of the season’s roses are starting to come in and they’re coming in hot. We always have a few favorites that really tickle our fancy, but this year’s release from Aix has us particularly enthralled.

High up in the hills just north of Aix-en-Provence, away from the heat of the coast, you’ll find a set of ancient stone gates. Beyond them lies the Maison Saint Aix estate. With mineral rich soils, 300 days of sun a year and the cooling Mistral winds, Provence offers the ideal growing conditions for Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes, the classic blend used to make Provencal wine. At 420m above sea level, AIX is also one of the highest. That elevation gives the berries a higher level of acidity that translates into a brighter, crisper wine.

AIX is a well-balanced premium Provence rosé with a typical hypnotizing salmon pink color. The nose is fresh and fragrant, delicate yet youthful with sophisticated notes of fresh red fruits, peach, and subtle flower hints. It offers roundness on the palate and a beautiful aromatic depth, before finding freshness and some minerality in its long and precise finish.

This raw goat’s milk, washed rind cheese is selected at one month old, and aged for an additional two months.  By extending the affinage period, the typical gamey after taste found in goat’s milk cheeses is barely recognizable, making Cabriolait an excellent gateway cheese for its category.  Notes of toasted bread, butter, and roasted nuts make it extremely snackable and delicious. Get your al fresco dinning set up ready because this wine and cheese pairing is about to be a big highlight of your week