Shades of Pink — love rosé wines
——————– summertime 2016
Ooh-la-la! Summer arrives and ’tis a fine time to present rosés du Provence.
That is, rosé wines from the French Provence region. Pronounced [roh-ZAY], this wine’s namesake is its color; “rosé” is French for “pink.”
And rosés round the three categories of wine: Red, White and Rosé. O, yes! Rosés represent a category in themselves, and like the other two wine categories, rosés offer a spectrum of choices.
This romantic shares firsthand information regarding Provence rosés. Firsthand, meaning the hand that holds the wine glass. A handful of Provence wine producers each sent a wine for me to experience, and to begin understanding the diversity of rosés. Per sipping and doing a bit o’ research, here is what I may share.
Provence — the original rosés
Some historians say that Provence, pronounced [proh-VAHNS], is the first ever established wine region. Historical and wine experts agree that the first Provence wines were rosés, that shone pink hues.
Shades of pink
From translucent pink, to pale grapefruit, to salmon, shades of rosé differ. Most rosés have light or medium body. Rosés tend to be dry or semi dry, or fruity instead of sweet.
For example, I had the pleasure of tasting these Provence rosés, each of 2015 vintage. The price range among them is $15.00 to $30.00 per bottle.
1. Chateau PIGOUDET Classic Rosé
Clear, with slight grapefruit hue. White floral aroma. Grapefruit to the palate. Citrus finish.
Pale salmon hue. Peaches aroma. Tastes of summer fruit in the finish.
3. Chateau Saint Margerite
Clear with a soft pink hue. Passion fruit aroma. Soft to the palate. Hints of melon in the finish.
4. Maison Belle Claire.
Translucent, strawberry hue. Slightly more weight to the palate,. Summer berry aroma. Strawberry finish.
5. M de Minuty Rosé.
Translucent, salmon hue. Citrus and current flavors. Crisp finish.
Wine lover’s notes
■ Serve rosés moderately chilled, yet not ice cold, to allow the essences the wine offers. About two hours in the refrigerator is enough, or 10 minutes in ice water.
■ Rosés stand alone well for personal reposes, or for celebratory toasts with friends. Rosés also pair well with foods like grilled vegetables, fresh fried fish, fruits, and hearty cheeses.
■ Rosés make fabulous wine selections for warm weather seasons. Yet after cozying to favorite rosés now, you may want to cozy to others when seasons change.
Find your Rosé
■ Want to purchase a Provence rosé? Visit this web page map and click on your state to find retailers near you who offer it: U.S. Retailer Directory.
■ Or ask at your favorite wine store what rosés they offer. Provence is the original rosé producer. Yet nowadays other regions present rosés, and your retailer might offer a selection.
Rosé wines are at full bloom, per se, within a year of production. The 2015 vintage is the one in full bloom this year. Rosés tend to “wilt,” or lose their freshness and acidity, after a year. They are meant to be opened, not aged. So, open now and enjoy.
Cheers! Or, as they say in France, Santé! [sawn-TAY]