It wasn’t long ago when rosé wine was something of a novelty, inexpensive and of marginable quality. You might enjoy a refreshing glass from time to time, but they were not considered to be serious wines.
I recall a trip to Houston. At the time, the luncheon treat around the hotel barbeque was grilled hamburgers. And rosé wine was one of the drinks offered. Red wine seemed the wrong choice in that hot weather, so why not try a glass of cool rosé wine? I did, and it went perfectly with the burgers. There might be a future in rosé wines after all?
Top best rosé wine options to try today:
- Vielle Ferme Rosé
- Chateau le Champiteloup Cabernet d’Anjou Rosé
- Whispering Angel
- Rock Angel
- Chateau Miraval
Clearly something is going on here.
Rosé Wines from the Loire:
In the first place, there has been a gradual increase in the quality of Loire Valley rosé wines. This in turn has posed something of a threat to the ocean of rosé wines produced in Provence. The Loire Valley also has experienced a rise in the quality of wines produced in that storied region. Instead of the lighter Rosé d’Anjou wines, now you should look for Cabernet d’Anjou wines. They are produced from Cabernet Franc grapes. These wines are dryer and more flavorful than the lighter Rosé d’Anjou. They also have more distinctive taste and character. For a sample of this grape adapted for rosé wine, try a Chateau le Champiteloup 2016 Cabernet d’Anjou Rosé. This wine is made from Cabernet Franc grapes, which sells for $11.
Provence Rosé Wines:
With Provence rosé wines, the problem has always been one of quality. My friend Sacha Lichine, son of Alexis Lichine, told me a few years ago that he was leaving Bordeaux. He had the ambition of producing the world’s finest rosé wine. He may well have succeeded. His Chateau d’Esclans now sets a high standard for rosé wines. Try my favorite Whispering Angel (2017, $19), a blend of Grenache (73%), with minor percentages of Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. This is a balanced and flavorful wine. You’ll wish that you had discovered it earlier! Other wines in the Chateau d’Esclans portfolio include:
- Rock Angel (2017, $27)
- Les Clans ($80)
- Garrus (2016, $80)