As wine lovers, we know that choosing the perfect wine can transcend a simple tasting to become an unforgettable sensory experience. As summer temperatures soar, many instinctively turn to white and rosé wines to quench their thirst. However, never underestimate the power and versatility of a good red wine, even during the summer season. Cantenac Brown guides you through the unsuspected delights of red wine in summer, from food and wine pairings to heat-appropriate grape varieties.
Varietal Selection: Elegance and Refreshment
As temperatures rise, it’s important to choose grape varieties that lend themselves well to warmer conditions. Varieties such as Grenache, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Sauvignon are excellent choices. Cabernet Sauvignon, often called the “Cabernet Roi” in the Médoc, is distinguished by its robust structure, firm tannins and deep aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and spice. Although considered a full-bodied red wine, it can also offer surprising elegance when enjoyed with care in summer.
Food and Wine Pairing: The Art of Harmony
Food and wine pairings are essential to get the most out of every tasting experience. In summer, when meals are often lighter and cooler, options abound.
To accompany a Cabernet Sauvignon, opt for a dish of grilled lamb chops with herbs, or a wild mushroom ragout with fresh pasta. Cabernet Sauvignon’s powerful tannins will blend harmoniously with the richness of these dishes.
To accompany a Pinot Noir, opt for a strawberry and fresh goat’s cheese salad, or a tuna tartar with a touch of citrus. If you prefer a Grenache, pair it with grilled chicken skewers and garden vegetables.
Serving Temperature: The Secret of Success
Cantenac Brown recommends serving its Cabernet Sauvignon at a temperature slightly cooler than normal for red wines. A range of 16 to 18 degrees Celsius will allow the wine’s aromas to express themselves fully, while retaining a sensation of freshness characteristic of summer.
In conclusion, red wine has a special place during the summer season. Thanks to a careful selection of grape varieties, well-thought-out pairings and the right serving temperature, every tasting can be transformed into a memorable experience. Summer doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning red wines, but rather choosing them wisely to appreciate their elegance even in the bright sunshine.