Yes, you read that correctly! Refreshing, summery, and bright rosé is the perfect palate cleanser for some of Cigar Club‘s selections — specifically dark, rich, and full-bodied sticks. In fact, you can find ideal bright rosé wines to enjoy with cigars in our current Weekly Tasting set, 2019 Rosé Tasting!
Ippolito Ciro Rosé Mabilia 2019
This wine is made from Gaglioppo, an Italian grape, with a brilliant rose color with hues of violet. It has a delicate and fruity aroma with clear notes of sour black cherries and roses, followed with liquid minerals, cranberry, and salty ocean air. The taste is fresh, delicate, and very persistent with bone-dry and crisp flavors of tart red berries, saline, and orange zest.
Recommended Cigar Pairing: FQ Phenom No. 1
This next rosé comes from Italy and brings a little more depth in flavor to the previous one. Think darker fruits – which pair really well with Aganorsa Corojo and Criollo tobaccos.
Saveurs du Temps Costieres de Nimes Rosé 2019
From the Rhône Valley, this rosé blend of Grenache and Syrah presents an intense nose of red fruit, raspberries, and blackberries. There’s an aroma of range marmalade, rose petals, and wildflowers. It’s ample and generous on the palate with a silky texture. Prominent notes of red currants and white and black pepper are followed by a refreshing finish.
Recommended Cigar Pairing: HVC San Isidro in Toro
Last, but certainly not least is the flagship of this lineup: Vintage Champagne at its finest. Like mentioned earlier about the rosé, lighter wines have an ability to cleanse your palate every sip – even more so, the bubbles from the champagne amp that up even more. You can smoke cigars in the range of medium-full bodied with this wine. The bubbles reset your palate each sip and help you pull those delicate and nuanced flavors out of lighter wrappers and lower priming filler tobaccos.
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2009
Vintage Champagne, in general, is a real treat – but vintage Cristal sits in a category of its own. In 1876, Tsar Alexander II commissioned Louis Roederer to create a special Cuvee in clear glass crystal bottles; thus, the legendary Cristal was born.
In this Cristal 2009, there’s an effortless elegance and balance with a silky, delicate, and ethereal texture. Through the yellow-gold color, find amber tints with persistent, brilliant, and lively bubbles. The bouquet of Grands Crus is subtle with notes of citrus compote and candied apricots and evokes the sweetness of honeysuckle.
Recommended Cigar Pairing: Serino Taino Corona Gorda