OK, so you’ve chatted and sipped, now you’re ready to barbecue ribs, grill steaks, or rotisserie a chicken. Costco in Burbank offers French red and rose wines that will delight and intrigue your guests with something different, outside of a California wine.
Rev up your taste buds with a different kind of French rose. The Couly-Dutheil 2010 Rene Couly Chinon Rose, made from the Cabernet Franc grape grown in the Loire Valley, is a very different rose than others from southern France. It’s fresh, with a hint of sweetness to the strawberry and bing cherry fruit flavors, yet has extensive depth, complexity, and a long finish. This Chinon Rose, served chilled, is a chameleon as it pairs well with chicken, ham, red meat, fish, salads, BBQ dishes, and Chinese food. Stock up on this beauty as it sells for $13 a bottle!
Another offering from this same producer, the Couly-Dutheil Baronnie Madeleine 2008 Chinon, is only made in top quality vintages. This complex, rich, elegant red wine has red fruit aromas and spicy notes. Serve it slightly chilled, and pair it with roasted chicken or duck, lamb, grilled beef, veal, game, and mushrooms. Wine Spectator anointed this beauty with 90 points, and is a steal for $14.
Moving into richer wines, Domaine du Grapillon d’Or Cuvee 1806 Gigondas 2008 is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. It’s a powerful, full-bodied wine that exhibits ripe flavors of red fruits, pepper, spice, and licorice. It pairs well with leg of lamb, roasted game, and beef with wine sauce, and comes in under $20 a bottle.
If a softer wine is to your liking, the Chateau Saint-Valery Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2007, a mostly Merlot blend, tastes of ripe raspberries and licorice. Silky tannins and a velvety texture makes this worth a test drive for $19.
If Syrah is your seductress, try the Jean-Luc Colombo Les Fees Brunes 2007 Croze-Hermitage. This intense red wine, weaving a spell of blackberries, licorice, black pepper, jammy ripe plum and fig, and violets, is a great companion for New York steak, roast game, or any full-bodied dish. Wine Spectator acknowledged this wine with 89 points, and is bargain priced at $19. Costco has 2 other great Syrah wines from the same region, highly rated by Wine Spectator, but retailing for more. If a splurge is in your future, pick up the complex M. Chapoutier 2005 Monier de la Sizeranne Hermitage, rated 94 points, and retailing for $45. Deep earth, blackberry, and cherry flavors, with soft tannins, and a peppery herb note enchants with its layers of flavors. Or the M. Chapoutier Les Becasses 2006 Cote-Rotie from the same producer, with green pepper, tobacco, olive and sage notes over a core of black current fruit. Wine Spectator rated this 91 points, and it sells for $63, a special wine for the connoisseur.
France is a wonderland of wine, from many different regions, and Costco in Burbank displays the spectrum of delicious wines that will make your summer special. Other Costcos in your neighborhood may have the same selection. If so, find your favorite, and stock up at these great prices, for it’s “Viva la France”!