We were introduced to Le Cuvier Winery when we were visiting Paso Robles and some local friends gave us a tour of their favorite local wineries. Le Cuvier Winery is certainly out of the way, but driving the beautiful country roads in the Paso area certainly makes the journey enjoyable. When you get there you are greeted with a great view of the valley below and their new winery building and tasting room.
Le Cuvier’s wines stand out from the crowd with wines that have unique character that are a result of the winemaker’s approach that includes having the wine sit on the skins for an extended period of time and letting the wines stay in the barrel for over 2 years. The results are very deep wines with nuances that are exceptional. Their wines are a treasure and I decided to joined their wine club so I can continue to enjoy and explore their wonderful offerings.
One wine I fell in love with is their Le Cuvier Rose wine. I know, the first thought you may have of a Rosé is a wine that is over sweet and more of an afterthought. I had this opinion as well. Since I enjoy dryer wines, I have seldom explored Rosé wines. About a year ago I was introduced to Rosé wines from the Tavel region of France. Tavel AOC is located in the Rhone Valley and only produces Rosé wines which include great examples of dry Rosé wines. To this point I have served all Rosé wines chilled. At room temperature Rosé wine tend to turn sour. The Le Cuvier Rosé Wine is the only Rosé that I know of that is meant to served at room temperature, which is a testament to the quality of the wine. The wine has a light coral color and is extremely light and dry on the tongue with red berry layers that linger. I have to reiterate not to serve the Le Cuvier Rosé chilled since the flavors do not open up until at room temperature. I have gotten to the point of pulling a bottle out of my cellar at least a day before I want to have it to make sure the wine is ready to drink.
I highly recommend Le Cuvier Rosé wine and if you are in the Paso Robles area put it at the top of your wine tour list.