Although the dark-skinned chambourcin grape is widely grown in Missouri and throughout the Midwest, it’s not native to our region. Instead, it’s a hybrid that was created by biochemist Joannes Seyve in France, where it’s mostly found in the Loire wine region. Chambourcin often produces dry red wines that are spicy, herbaceous and taste of black cherries. It’s also frequently used to make rosés including the following two from Missouri.
Claverach Farm 2016 Rosé, Ozark Mountain
Bought • Lukas Liquor, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, in August for $15.99
Description • This refreshing dry rosé comes from Claverach Farm, which has been using organic and biological methods for many years. Claverach Farm also practices sustainable viticulture techniques and this rosé is unfined, unfiltered, and has minimal sulfites. A unique rosé bottled with a crown cap, it tastes of watermelon, citrus and spice. It would go well with appetizers, fish and chicken. Although the 2016 vintage has been sold out at the farm since early May, it’s still available at certain retailers.
Noboleis Vineyards 2016 Dry Rosé, Augusta
Bought • Lukas Liquor, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, in August for $14.39
Description • While this rosé is also made from chambourcin, it’s a totally different style than the Claverach Farm. It’s so dark, it almost looks like a red wine and has a very fruity aroma. Although it’s labeled as a dry wine, this rosé is so packed with concentrated flavors of juicy strawberry and other red berry flavors that it seems sweet. In fact, this would be a great wine for those just starting to transition to drier wines. It would go well with barbecue sauce and spicy cuisine.