Part of Wine Wisdom Online Masterclass on the Great Rosé Wines of France presented by our Certified Sommelier and Wine Consultant, Ron Merlino.
Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé 2019 ** (notable pick)
This legendary wine made by the famous estate of Pradeaux sits at the western edge of this iconic wine region of Provence - very close to the ocean in Saint Cyr-sur-Mer. Pradeaux is one of the old school Bandol wineries - founded in 1752 and practicing fully organic methods of production. Meticulous attention to detail, strict extremely low yields, and uncompromising excellence is the hallmark of this great, great winery. This bottle is crafted from a 50/50 mix of Mourvedre (the great red grape of Bandol) and Cinsault. Powerful, textured, full of rich blackberry and wild berry notes with a sprinkling of wild strawberry and a touch of melon - this is one for the cellar - as it can be drunk now or you can scoop up this rarity and collect it for the future. Some bottle age will reveal hidden charms of violets and lavender on the nose.
An Historical Estate linked to the Knights Templar and the Crusades, it is located in the Var, north of St Tropez, where wines have been made here continuously since 1256! Peyrassol produces an extensive range of Rosés and this one combines Grenache and Cinsault in equal parts with a small addition of the white Viognier grape to add floral and perfume notes. This is a direct press wine - delicate, soft, gentle and full of clean, approachable fruit flavors.
Maison Saint Aix AIX Rosé 2019, Coteaux-d’Aix-en-Provence
A classic bottle combining Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Carignan. This sees both Direct Press and a portion of Saignee in the production. Raspberry, spice, citrus and salt all swirl together in an easy drinking refreshing wine.
Another classic Provence Rosé - this estate sits just beyond Saint Tropez and is composed of equal parts Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah with 10% Carignan added for structure and spice. A more opulent cornucopia of different fruit flavors is found here - generous and open, adaptable for many foods and occasions.
The famous joint partnership between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt with the famous Perrin wine family of the southern Rhone, this fully organic estate sits beyond the village of Correns on steep terraces of limestone and clay. This is a complex blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Rolle (Vermentino - a white grape), with a partial Saignee process applied here to the wine.
This is an unusual mix of 70% Cinsault and 30% Grenache offering a fresh strawberry flavored wine with a hint of salinity to keep things interesting. An easy, approachable summer wine.
Domaine de Pelaquie, Tavel Rosé 2019 **(notable pick)
This glorious estate founded in the mid 1500s is one of the few producers of this legendary style of Rosé in the tiny appellation of Tavel. Here we have 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 20% of the meaty robust Mourvedre all combined to deliver a lush, textured, structured, deep berry and gentle plum flavored wine that can last for ages in your cellar. Savor the aromas of violets and peonies that grace your nose as you sip this and pair it with simple or hearty foods as your occasion demands. In classic Tavel fashion this wine sees a combination of Direct Press and Saignee methods used.
Chateau D’Oupia Minervois Rosé 2019 ** (notable pick)
One of the benchmark Rosés of France! D’Oupia sources from Minervois’ famous hillside vines resting on limestone and clay - this cuvee is a mix of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault treated with such delicacy and precision that you have a wine of pure poetry - gossamer light, perfumed, with a hint of peach, cherry, berry and melon fruit beneath the surface. Utterly stunning in its complex lightness of being - don’t miss this beautiful work of art.
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières Gris de Gris Rosé 2019 ** (notable pick)
One of the rarest rosés in all of France made mostly from the Grenache Gris grape with a small amount of Carignan, Mourvedre and Cinsault pressed entirely in the Saignee method only in order to keep the wine as elegant as possible. Grenache Gris is an unusual mutation of Grenache - it literally spontaneously appears as a light pink skinned version of the red grape in the vines - and here it is made into a racy, refined, citrus and red berry focused wine that tantalizes your tongue and your mind. This is meditative wine that can be enjoyed with ease - the sand, clay, limestone and round pebbles here offer a complex range of soils that somehow, effortlessly integrate into this remarkable wine. Terroir is not a common experience in a rosé and yet it can be found in this wine - a testament to the brilliant mastery and craft of this great and always affordable winery. Utterly addictive.
This small fully organic estate produces honest, genuine wines that reflect the land of the Languedoc with beautiful grace. Here on a small estate north of Beziers not far from the sea, Isabelle and Remy Ducellier produce a lithe and graceful Rosé from Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and a small hint of (yes) Pinot Noir - all fermented separately and then blended into this lovely wine. These are young vines on limestone and clay that produce an energetic and pleasing wine of darker berry flavors with a touch of savory earthy garden essence. A wine produced entirely from the Saignee method, this is a true wine of the land itself. Delicious and enjoyable in every way.
This fully Biodynamic estate makes this round and open knit Rosé entirely from Cabernet Franc - with the addition of 80% whole clusters to add grip and texture making a full, generous style of rosé wine. Enjoy the red currant and violet notes in this classic Chinon.
Textbook example of the style - vibrant red tart cherry Pinot Noir shines with ample acidity on the palate. This is a focused, slightly herbal wine that hails from the village of Chavignol coming from a mix of clay and limestone soils. The wine sees an unusually long period of skin contact (2 full days) before the wine is pressed and fermented - this adds an extra layer of bite and grip. This is a wine that needs to be paired with food for its charms to be fully enjoyed.
Founded by the intrepid Madame Pommery in the 19th century, Champagne Pommery has become one of the beloved great names of Champagne and has retained its standing as a pioneer in modern winemaking techniques to this day. Always a source of well-priced, excellent bottles, this Rosé version from the house of Pommery is a blend of 30 different crus throughout the region with all three principal grapes represented - Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir some of which is added as a still wine into the blend. Delicate yet robust, this will not disappoint anyone seeking a balanced yet complex, reliable rosé champagne.
This wine from the most famous house in all of Champagne is the exact same wine as the ever-present Yellow label with 12% red pinot noir from the famous Montagne de Reims region (where pinot noir reigns supreme) added into the blend. 60 different Crus are selected from all three grapes - Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir for the blend. Orange peel, ripe strawberry, a hint of exotic spice - this wine has weight and body, flesh and rich texture to please all occasions.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé NV ** (notable pick)
This is the great Champagne House that revived Rosé champagne for the world market. In 1970 this very Rosé was re-introduced to the market with a firm commitment to rosé as a serious and worthy type of fine champagne. Billecart-Salmon always crafts wines of the most exceptional quality in an old-world very “vinous” style - meaning they respect the idea that champagne is wine first and champagne second. This Rosé belies that belief with a staggering 30% of the finished wine coming from still Pinot Noir in the blend that also includes Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. A stunning, dazzling offering that never fails to inspire. Lots and lots and lots of red berry notes here.
Moet champagnes are found on every continent in the world. The house claims one of the longest and earliest beginnings in Champagne tracing its origins to 1743. The events in history this house has witnessed and participated in are without a doubt unequalled in the world of fine wine. This bottle is on the sweet side of the equation - sporting strawberries and cream, with a whiff of delicate floral notes to match. Best enjoyed with rich fatty foods or dessert, this too has a healthy dollop of viscous red Pinot Noir in the mix that includes Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier as well.
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