My Favorite Rosé Wines To Sip Through Spring and Summer

Pink wines have recently become quite trendy. Rosés can come in a variety of colors depending on the grape variety and method of production. The most common method is early pressing of red grape varieties after a very short period, usually between 12 to 24 hours of skin-contact known as maceration. During maceration, phenolics such as the anthocyanins and tannins that contribute to color as well as many flavor components are leached from the skins, seeds and any stems left in contact with the must. In addition to adding color and flavor, these phenolics also serve as antioxidants protecting the wine from degradation of oxygen exposure. Depending on the method used and grape variety, the color may range from a pale salmon to a light ruby.

2018 Chateau D’Esclans Rock Angel Rosé

Château d’Esclans is a wine producer in Provence, specializing in full-bodied, dry rosé wines primarily from the Grenache wine grape variety. The flagship wine is the top-of-the-range Garrus cuvée, which is one of the most important and highly priced rosé wines in Provence. Rock Angel is partially barrel fermented in large oak barrels and made from Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle Vermentino. A rounded rich rosé, full of strawberry and red-currant flavors that mingle comfortably together. Its acidity comes with a tangy touch of pepper to give a complex, ripe aftertaste. 

2020 Domaine Ott Rosé Chateau de Selle Clair de Noirs

The Château de Selle Rosé combines various grape varieties from the Côtes de Provence appellation, including a majority of Grenache creating the delicate colour and vinous character. Cinsault adds softness, Syrah and Mourvèdre bring fruit. Clear, pale hue with peach tints. The complex and elegant nose combines subtle aromas of citrus fruit grapefruit, lemon, yellow fruit apricot, peach and pear and delicate floral notes. The palate is silky initially, and then builds in power and volume. The fruity notes are underpinned by a touch of spice which lingers on the finish.

Gerard Bertrand Clos du Temple Rosé 2020

Located at the heart of Languedoc in the south of France, Clos du Temple is created in the historic terroir of Cabrieres, the birthplace of rose wines. Clos du Temple is a very pale and glittering rosé. Its nose reveals notes of ripe fruit apricot, white peach, floral notes of rose and spicy green pepper aromas. On the palate, we find the same scents, with a delicate finish of blond tobacco.

LVE by John Legend Cotes de Provence Rosé 2020

The 2020 LVE Rosé is a brilliant, pale pink color. It exudes fruitiness and elegance. The grapes from sandstone soils bring out the fruitiness and the grapes grown on vineyards with rounded pebbles bring a richness and elegance to the wine. The nose is aromatic with delicate notes of peach blossom, raspberry and apricot. On the palate, crisp light notes of fresh picked strawberry and white nectarine lead to an elegant, lengthy and a mineral finish.

Perrier-Jouet Blason Rosé

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé is the exception among Perrier-Jouët champagnes. A cuvée in which the delicate floral nuances of Chardonnay grapes are complemented by the rich flavors provided by a high proportion of Pinot Noir. Lusciously full and round on the palate, with characteristic notes of red and black fruit, it nevertheless retains a delicacy typical of Maison Perrier-Jouët. Above all, Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne offers delicious proof of the House’s enduring ability to surprise and to delight.

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