A Few Rosés to Love
With summer approaching, sunshine in the sky, and dreams of backyards, beaches, and barbecues on my mind, here are a few rosés that I like to keep on hand to enjoy all summer long.
Sentier Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé (organic)
From the organic estate vineyards of Château Bas near Aix-en-Provence, this custom blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah is a constant summertime companion.
Domaines des Hauts Baigneux ‘La Surprise’ Rosé
This organically farmed rosé comes from the flint and limestone soils in Azay-le-Rideau. The Grolleau grape is perfectly suited for roséproduction and has been locally regarded for centuries because of its elegant profile.
Château des Antonins Bordeaux Rosé
People don’t often think of t Bordeaux when it comes to rosé, but things look quite different after tasting this pink Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Antoine de Roquefeuil. It’s light, nimble, energetic, and delicious.
And now I must confess my faiblesse (‘weakness,’ but sounds better in French) for Loire Valley rosés. The two below have a certain zing and panache about them that make them a staple for every summer season. I’ve also been known to have a few on hand for the cooler months.
Courtault-Tardieux Pineau d’Aunis Rosé (organic)
Pineau d’Aunis is a capricious grape that is easily damaged, so this rosé is not always easy to find, but well worth searching out. With peppery, spicy aromas and a natural pale hue, it’s a team favorite year in and year out.