Cyriaque Rozier at Château Fontanès creates a quintessentially southern French rosé from Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Syrah. Mourvèdre-based rosés, like those from Bandol, are a big reason the category has grown more popular in recent years. When you think of a cold glass of rosé on a hot summer day, this is probably the wine you’re envisioning. The bright strawberry aroma, pale pink color, and lively acidity make for a classic Mediterranean thirst-quencher.
If you’ve asked me for a rosé recommendation in the last few years, I’ve probably directed you to our Corsican wine section. Not only are these island wines refreshing, but their distinct grape varieties like Niellucciu and Sciaccarellu yield familiar wines with just enough Corsican terroir to set them apart. The Île de Beauté rosé from Yves Leccia has simply that, with aromas of maquis, citron, and wild berries—all clearly Corsican and appealingly pink.
Dominique Hauvette’s daring Petra reminds us that rosé should be about wine first and color second. This not-quite-pink beauty doesn’t neatly fit into the rosé category, with its late release, vinous texture, and deep aroma. The blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Grenache is raised slowly in concrete eggs on fine lees to infuse the Provençal terroir. Why give more care and attention to a red wine than to a rosé? I say be audacious! Grab the decanter, let the wine breathe and evolve at the table, and experience what’s beyond the limits of pink.
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