Côtes de Provence, France; 13% ABV
the vineyard consists of 45% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 5% Rolle (Vermentino); actual annual blend varies slightly
$6 at the Oakland, CA, store on 13 Jan
When I saw this southern French rosé, with its delicate salmon color, I jumped on it. It’s not quite what I was hoping it would be, but it’s excellent in a different way.
For a while, I had taken to airing such wines, in a decanter in the fridge, for a while before drinking. I considered doing so with this wine, but it turned out to be unnecessary. It was quite good from first pour. To my taste, the it was better considerably warmed from fridge temperature, when it showed ethereal flavors of cantaloupe, white jasmine, pink roses, and red and blue berries, nicely balanced with pink grapefruit acid. It’s dry but not austere or very structured, with a slight fleshiness in the body. I think my previous favorite southern French rosé was the LaRoche 2011 Rosé de la Chevalière. It was more structured and delineated, but not as delicate and lovely as this wine. Usually, I have tried to pair rosés with things like squid, anchovies, ham, or some combination thereof. This wine probably needs less intense fare, such as lighter salmon or opah. None of my bottle survived until the next day, but I will try to get back for more.