Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Lillet Rose

Lillet RoseIn 1872, Paul and Raymond Lillet-brothers, distillers and merchants of wines & spirits, founded La Maison Lillet in the South of France. Around that time, Bordeaux became an important place for the European wine. It was also a main harbor for import of spices, citrus and plants. Combine all of that with the idea of making an aperitif in Bordeaux and you have Lillet. It is a French aperitif wine, blend of 85% Bordeaux wines (the Rose is a blend of the ones used for Lillet Rouge and Lillet Blanc) and 15% macerated liqueurs. The nose is replete with floral tones, honey, fresh forest, champagne, berries, ale, red apple, orange, cider, lemon, melon and flowers many kinds of citrus and tiger basil—all these scents that are implied by subtle aromas. The flavors follows the aromas with an articulate wine component added. The finish is clean, fresh and slightly bitter, the tonic nature of this aperitif is amplified to that of a wine—it is to be enjoyed. Try this neat, chilled, on ice, with a twist, in sparkling wine, with soda water or in a cocktail—and enjoy.