Lynfred Chambourcin Rose
“By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.”…………. Thomas Jefferson
Few things are more fun than learning you have more to learn. And, when it comes to wine, the opportunities are endless. My most recent learning experience was at the Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois. I had gone there to request a tech sheet for their 2006 Semillon Reserve (a great bottle). While there, I spoke with Andres Basso (Director of Winemaking). We talked about the 2006 Semillon Reserve and Andres asked if I had tried the Chambourcin Rose. He seemed rather proud of it and I felt bad having to explain that, generally, I don’t like rose wines. Yes, I’ve had some from Province and the Loire in France, but as a whole (and to my tastes) rose is unexciting. Worse: Chambourcin (again to my tastes) is a blending grape. It grows well in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic States, the grape is happy in a cool climate and fungal resistant, but none of that means it tastes good. I’ve had these discussions before. I’ve tasted Chambourcin before. I didn’t and don’t like it. Case closed.
P.S. You'll notice this is the first time my photo shows a full bottle. There are two reaons for that. I wanted you to appreciate the beautiful color of this wine. And I needed to get another bottle. The first one was too quickly enjoyed!