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Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

This one participated to my search for the perfect shandy — the panaché according to the French. You can read my attempts to recreating it with local ingredients (more or less, a local replacement for the French limonade actually).

Last year my son had mentioned this drink to me and I was eager to try it. But it’s a seasonal item that retailers don’t carry nor sell out of season — spring and summer season that is). So I had to wait until spring came to get my hands on it.

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

According to the bottle’s label it’s a weiss beer brewed with honey and flavored with lemonade : so more or less a white type of beer which I  like the most, flavored with lemon and honey. Looks it can be close to a shandy with a hint of lemon flavor in a beer but is it close to the French panaché ?

It’s made in Wisconsin by Leinenkugel and its alcohol content is 4.2% vol.

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Pale yellow and very cloudy (white beer after all) with a nice beige foam rim.

Nose : a blast of lemon as expected plus some scents of wheat beer.

In mouth it is not too sweet (less sweet than my homemade version of the panaché but a panaché is actually sweet) because it is flavored with lemonade and not mixed with actual lemonade. It doesn’t have that much honey so it’s not actually sweetened like a soda as it seems and feels when tasting it.

The taste is lemon and wheat beer not white beer though : no spice, no orange peel, no coriander flavors. Anyway the lemon flavor would overpower all of those because it’s a lemon juice flavor and not merely a lemon peel flavor.

It is pleasant and refreshing though not a shandy panaché in the French meaning. In France we would call it a lemon flavored beer but not a panaché in any case.

Nicely bitter and lemony, good for summer days definitely.

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses by Gérard Bertrand 2017

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

Another rosé from France, not a from Provence this time but from Languedoc, which had a very bad reputation back in the day and came a long way.

It’s a blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault in the protected appellation Languedoc, 13% vol. The bottle has a glass cap and a fancy shape with a carved rose base. Definitely a bottle to keep once the wine is finished.

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

The photos don’t do it justice but the wine is very pale in the bottle, like a gris, pinkish and slightly orange. It’s super pale, almost yellow, in the glass — it looks like a white wine.

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

Nose of grapefruit and little red fruits like strawberries but the citrus notes, mainly grapefruit, are prominent.

In mouth it feels very fresh on the palate, grapefruit again but not bitter and not agressive, rather the refreshing notes of the grapefruit. It is slightly fizzy also. Then come some yellow fruits actually rather than red fruits : apricot, nectarine, even pear, then citrus and grapefruit again in middle mouth. The after taste is mineral. This wine would pair perfectly with shellfish and all sea related food, shrimps and even lobster, like a white wine to which it is rather close by look and taste.

A nice and elegant bitterness after the mineral notes, which makes it very refreshing. On a hot day it would be a very easy drinking wine.

It is very different from the Provence rosés I am used to drink or the California rosés I have started to enjoy, all of which being more on the strawberry / blueberry / red fruit notes : on the opposite this wine has almost a white wine feeling. Maybe because it is not a Provence wine even though it is a southern wine. I didn’t know what to expect from a Languedoc rosé actually but I am not disappointed. This wine was highly recommended by the associate at Stirling Fine Wines where I bought it and where I buy almost all of my wines : it was warmly advised one day I was stoking up on various rosé wines for the warmer days. The associate even told me it was the best of the rosés I could find in that price range, no matter from what part of the world or from what region — from all the rosés in general.

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

In short it’s a very delicate and elegant wine that is even suitable for some more sophisticated seafood meals in lieu of white wine. Above the usual rosé food it can accommodate a fancy dinner. As the bottle itself is fancy too, with its shape, the glass cap, the carved rose at the base, it looks like a carafe thus would pair well with a fancy table set and make quite an impression to your guests.

A little on the pricey side (16 / 17 dollars a bottle) but totally worth it. Simply delicious !

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017

Languedoc Rosé Côte des Roses 2017