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Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Our go-to sparking wine, the Prosecco that we used to find at my parents’ local small supermarket Super U for a good price and that I reviewed here, is not carried by the supermarket anymore or wasn’t lately, during this summer. Instead they had this one, the Costaross, in the same spot on the fridge shelves and for the same price. So I decided to try it to see if we could count on this back up plan to replace the Riccadonna Prosecco.

This one is called Prosecco Costaross and, same as the Riccadonna, it’s extra dry. 11% vol.

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Prosecco Costaross Extra Dry

Very fizzy but with very fine and tiny bubbles. No rim and the bubbles are very regular.

Nose : wine, grapes, white fruits such as nectarines.

In mouth it is very fizzy, extremely I should say, and a bit weak in taste. No after taste, no after mouth, very short in mouth.

Some pears, nectarines, white peaches but all very weak. The Riccadonna was way better, so this Costaross won’t become our go-to sparkling wine, we’ll have to find another one.

Actually one or 2 weeks after tasting and writing this review, I found the Riccadonna Prosecco in another supermarket in town (less convenient, this supermarket is in the « up town » and we live in the « down town » by the sea, so we have to take the car to go to this other supermarket. For the small Super U supermarket, we don’t, its located at walking distance) : Intermarché supermarket, for the same kind of price, maybe one euro less even. Same as it was, even though the label design has changed a tiny bit, but the quality and the taste haven’t changed fortunately. So I am happy to report that our trusted go-to Prosecco is back after all and that I stocked up with this Riccadonna again for our summer needs.

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

In France during my stay for the holidays, I was visiting my good friends who are regular consumers of Chateau Roubine. We have had it regularly throughout my visits over the years, in red or rosé, which are both very good. But I had never had it in white, that was a first for me. So I took the opportunity to take some tasting notes for the blog.

It’s a Côte de Provence, cru classé, 13.5% vol.

In the bottle it’s pale yellow, almost white or even transparent, leaning towards a hint of golden.

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

Côtes de Provence Château Roubine Cru Classé White 2016

In the glass it looks a deeper yellow, leaning towards rose gold. Greasy against the walls of the glass and long legs.

The nose is powerful with strong scents of honey and honeysuckle. It has a strong scent almost like a perfume but in a pleasant way.

In mouth it’s acid but balanced, a pleasant acidity. Slightly fizzy at first, a nice bitterness and a dry after mouth.

The taste is very honey-like as was the nose, but very dry at the same time : it has the taste of honey but not the sweetness nor sugary taste. It also tastes a bit of ripe apple.

A very pleasant wine.

We enjoyed it with foie gras (an excellent one, the very one from the Hotel Carlton in Cannes ! ) and fig bread.

The foie gras we had with Chateau Roubine White

The foie gras we had with Chateau Roubine White

Prosecco Riccadonna Extra Dry

Prosecco Riccadonna Extra Dry

Prosecco Riccadonna Extra Dry

This one was our sparkling wine for the holidays in lieu of champagne. I found that little delight some two years ago at my parent’s local supermarket from the chain Super U (a small grocery store that also carries wines and spirits as it is almost always the case in France). The first time I tried it I was not expecting much of it but I needed some Prosecco and the Extra Dry mention caught my eyes… as well as the price : 7.85 Euros ! I felt I wouldn’t sweat too much about it if it were not very good. But it was good and since then it has become our go to Prosecco (and sparkling wine for that matter) furthermore when it’s so readily available.

I just wanted to taste it and take some notes for the blog as we were having it for our Christmas Eve’s dinner. I must mention I didn’t do an accurate tasting because we had it as apéritif with a little Toulouse crystalized violet flower at the bottom of the drinking glass, which of course modifies the original taste of the wine. 11% vol.

Very dry as expected in mouth, with the taste of the little violet of course. Apart from that added taste, it tastes at first of grapefruit, white grapes and gunflint. Very fine bubbles, dry but pleasant. Then come tastes of yellow fruit, pear, apple — a slightly green apple that is.

So it was our apéritif for the Christmas Eve’s dinner, then our wine for the whole dinner : we had some cod (cabillaud) that we cooked with this wine (the original recipe called for champagne for cooking the fish but due to the price I decided to replace it with the Prosecco). The fish was cooked with this wine, some cream, mushrooms and shallots. We served it with pommes duchesse (duchess potatoes) and brunoise de légumes (vegetable brunoise) as side dishes. 

This Prosecco is a very enjoyable simple wine, furthermore it makes sense when having a large dinner with guests : I bought the 6 bottles we needed almost for the price of one bottle of champagne (some brand names like Veuve Clicquot can retail for around 40 euros, not to mention some Champagne Rosé like Laurent-Perrier that can go higher than that, specially during the holiday season). Of course this Prosecco is not on a par with those but when numerous bottles and guests are expected, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and not a wine to be ashamed of neither. It was not out of place for the festivities.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

It’s a Bourgogne Blanc, a white wine from Burgundy from Terres Secrètes, the Saint-Veran is a controlled appellation. 13% vol.

White wines are the strength of the Burgundy region: usually their white wines are exceptional.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

This is one of the very rare white wines my parents have in their wine racks. We keep coming back to this one (in the past summers we have enjoyed it several times with fish or seafood and also pasta or omelette with summer truffle)

In the glass it is very pale yellow, almost colorless, a yellow leaning towards a greenish color though— a « cold » yellow.

Nose of green apple, gun flint (pierre à fusil), silex and it smells « dry ».

In the mouth it’s almost fizzy, dry. It tastes of apple, mainly green apple. It’s acid and slightly bitter but in a pleasant way. It has a pleasant bitterness as an aftertaste too.

Fizzy, green apple, pebble, gun flint and silex also in the middle mouth, then a fresh bitterness in finale.

Very fresh and extremely pleasant, a dry wine that we enjoyed with shrimp and zucchini lasagna this time.

Burgundy at its best.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015