More South of France rosés for you!
If rosé is your thing, and pinks from the south of France in particular, here is a fresh bunch for your delectation. Another bonus is that they are all on the more affordable side.
The Southern coastal regions of France seem to have made it their goal to make the connection between pale dry rosé and summer. Considering how the mere mention of the Côte d’Azur brings to mind sunshine and warm sandy beaches, it is not hard to imagine why.
Luckily, I make it my own personal goal to try as many as I can in the name of ‘work’.
And after you have read up on these wines, there are some cracking recommendations in ‘ Rosé wines from the South of France are so good that you will blush to drink anything else!! ‘.
Baron M is made by the Double family of Chateau de Beaupré. This rosé is a blend of Provencal stalwarts of predominantly Grenache and Carignan with an addition of Cabernet Sauvignon. Baron ‘M’s’ pale and delicate pink hue has a bronzed shimmer and aromas of raspberry, lavender, cream and spice. Unsurprisingly, a well made rosé like this is hard to resist. (£10)
Well. Ok. So, this is Côtes du Rhône so not quite the ‘South of France’. However, it is good drinking. A fresh flush of light berries and cream hit the palate. There is some added spice which adds interest and complexity. This is a good reminder that the Côtes du Rhône should not be overlooked for a more fashionable provenance. (£10 | US$13)
Mirabeau Pure is a Provence rosé that is classic in style. It is a bone dry pink blend made from juicy grenache (60%) partnered with its traditional companion syrah. As you would expect, it is a dry rosé. However, it has plenty of ripe berry and stone fruit amongst the savoury mineral palate. There is a silky smoothness along the palate that will tempt the fussiest of pink drinkers. This one is good for all year. (£14 | US$22)
Rosé des Plages is an onion skin hued pink rosé. It is made by the local co-operative in Saint- Saturnin-de-Lucien in the Languedoc. Just inland from the coast at Montpellier. Not only is the colour an attractive bronze, it also has abundant creamy summer fruit. And it goes down a treat. (£10)
A salmon pink coloured rosé from the Languedoc producer Domain Preignes with vibrance of summer ripened berry fruit and a silkiness that finishes up fresh. Being a Pinot Noir and Grenache blend, it is a little off beat for what you might expect, yet it will not disappoint. It is a drier style that makes for good drinking.
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