Rosé Wine

Rosé Wine

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Mas des Bressades - Costières de Nimes Rosé 2020 – Sku: 5088 – 38
Mas des Bressades
2020
Costières-de-Nîmes PDO
€8.00
Nouveau
COUP DE COEUR
Triennes - Rosé 2021 – Sku: 572421 – 364
Triennes
2021
Mediterranean PGI
€8.50
Bio
Roquefort - Le Bon Vivant 2020 – Sku: 5400 – 67
Roquefort Castle
2020
Côtes-de-Provence PDO
€9.00
André et Michel Quénard - Rosé sous le Roc 2020 – Sku: 3814 – 40
André and Michel Quénard
2020
Savoy PDO wine
€9.00
Nugues - Libertine des Nugues Demi Sec – Sku: 3072 – 119
Nugues
French wine
€9.50
Bardet - Cerdon – Sku: 3920 – 21
Olivier Bardet
Bugey
€9.90
Jérémie Mourat - OVNI Rosé 2020 – Sku: 10169 – 62
Jérémie Mourat
2020
IGP Val de Loire
€10.00
Bio
Fondrèche - Ventoux  Rosé 2020 – Sku: 4753 – 54
Fondrèche
2020
Ventoux PDO
€11.50
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Renardat Fâche - Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale Demi-sec cuvée « Initiale » – Sku: 3929 – 96
Renardat Fache
Bugey
€13.50
Pierre Ménard - Rosetta MMXX – Sku: 1039720 – 40
Pierre Ménard
Rosé de Loire PDO
€15.00
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Arretxea - Irouléguy Rosé 2020 – Sku: 8471 – 48
Arretxea
2020
Irouléguy PDO
€15.00
COUP DE COEUR
Romain Le Bars - Le Clau Rosé 2021 – Sku: 499021 – 24
Romain Le Bars
2021
French wine
€15.90
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Get to know the star wine of the summer.

It is inevitably synonymous with sunny holidays and convivial aperitifs. With its "sunset" colour, rosé wine is a seducer to which we succumb all summer long. From pale pink with salmon hues to a deep, luscious fuchsia, sometimes dry and sometimes soft, this wine offers a rich palette of colours, styles and aromas. This is why there are so many different rosé wines, whose characteristics depend on many criteria. So much so that it is not always easy to find one's way around, especially at a time when the shelves of supermarkets are filled with a thousand and one bottles at very different prices. So that you too can see life in the pink, follow our advice to better understand this wine.

What is rosé wine?

Contrary to what one might think, rosé wine is neither the product of pink grapes nor the fruit of a mixture of black and white grapes. In the Aube region in particular, it is certainly permissible to blend chardonnay and pinot (noir or Meunier) to create rosé champagnes. But French rosé wine is made only from black grapes with white juice. So where does its colour come from?

The colour of rosé wine is essentially due to the maceration time and the vinification technique used. In direct pressing, the grapes are pressed after the harvest and the resulting juice remains a pale pink colour. This is currently the most commonly used method. On the other hand, when the juice remains in contact with the grape skins for several hours, the colour of the wine is more intense. This is called pellicular maceration.

The colour, as well as the aromatic qualities and ageing potential of these rosé wines, also depend on the grape varieties used and the terroirs where they are grown. Depending on the region, rosés are the fruit of a single grape variety or a blend. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache Noir, Tibouren, Gamay, Mourvèdre, Syrah, to name but a few, are used.

As for the aromas, we lean towards fruit (citrus, exotic, white or yellow flesh, black or red), flowers, spices, English sweets... The same diversity can be measured in the colour of the wines: rose petal, coral, onion skin, salmon, cherry, raspberry...

Where is rosé produced?

It is in Provence that rosé is king. It is also in this region of the South of France that we find the most beautiful references of the world, among which we can quote the Château Simone rosé (AOC palette). The Côtes-de-Provence are certainly the rosés most represented in this sun-drenched vineyard. The wines of Bandol and Bellet as well as the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois-en-Provence also produce fine AOC/AOP wines.

The Mediterranean is generally the cradle of rosé wine. In Corsica, for example, look to the AOC Calvi, Figari, Porto-Vecchio or Sartène.

Rosés are produced in other French vineyards. In the Rhone Valley, AOC Tavel and Costière de Nîmes are examples. In the Loire, rosés from Anjou and Cabernet d'Anjou are also good references. In Burgundy too, rosé wines can be found, notably through the AOC marsannay. A pic-saint-loup from Languedoc, a gaillac from the South-West or a bordeaux-clairet will also take you on a journey with original AOC/AOP rosés.

How to enjoy a rosé wine

For the aperitif, opt for a fresh and light rosé such as a Côte-de-Provence. For a fruity, low-sugar wine, rosés from Anjou are perfect. And to accompany a whole meal with an aromatic wine, turn to a bergerac, gaillac, marsannay, tavel or bandol.

Generally speaking, rosé goes well with aperitifs (cold meats, puff pastries, etc.), barbecues (grilled meat and fish), oriental dishes (fish, meat, fish, etc.), and other dishes.s), oriental dishes (couscous, tajine...) and Provencal cuisine (tian of sunny vegetables, tapenade...). These wines are often associated with simple cuisine, but some wines, such as a Château Simone, are a natural accompaniment to gastronomic dishes.

Rosés are generally drunk within the year. Some vintages can be kept for 2-3 years, Bandol for example. Some fine bottles and exceptional vintages can be aged for 4-5 years.

As for the serving temperature, it all depends on the bottle of rosé you have chosen. When they are very aromatic, rosés are best served between 12 and 14°. Fresh and light, they should be drunk chilled, at around 8-10°; this is often the case for rosé wines from Provence. In all cases, avoid ice cubes and the famous "rosé piscine"; the wine's aromas could be diluted.

Colour, style, price...: how to choose a rosé wine

Currently, the trend is for rosés with a very pale, clear and transparent colour. They are said to be synonymous with freshness, lightness and quality. This is often true, but don't be taken in by what is above all a fashion phenomenon. In any case, the best way to choose a good bottle is to contact a professional wine merchant. The presence of an AOP/AOC is also a guarantee of quality, insofar as the wine is produced in a defined geographical area according to precise specifications. The price criterion is also often taken into account, especially as rosé has the advantage of being good value for money, provided you choose the right producer. Don't hesitate to ask us for advice.

Le vignoble

André and Michel Quénard

Guillaume Quénard is now the leader of the estate. He is beginning to make his mark with more straightforward, fine wines of superb balance.

Arretxea

Thérèse and Michel Riouspeyrous, who are now quietly handing over the estate to their sons Iban and Théo, can be proud of their success on their family estate. They have become the reference for Basque wines and perhaps even for the whole of the South West.

Benoît Lahaye

"Benoit Lahaye est l'un des vignerons les plus doués de sa génération. Installé sur Bouzy il est maintenant rejoint par ses fils Étienne et Valentin. Il possède ainsi 4,5 hectares de vignes conduites en briodynamie, avec l'aide de sa jument Tamise et du chien Bacchus.

Bérèche & Fils

"Raphaël et Vincent Bérèche plongent dans leurs racines vigneronnes depuis cinq générations. Ils figurent parmi les acteurs les plus dynamiques du vignoble champenois et perpétuent la tradition familiale engagée depuis le XIXe siècle.

Billecart-Salmon

"Incarnant la 7e génération, le brillant Mathieu Roland-Billecart a repnis le flambeau de cette maison de Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, deux fois centenaire et toujours familiale depuis sa création en 1818.

Bollinger

Champagne Bollinger, a virtuoso of Champagne wines

Caillez Lemaire

Virginie and Laurent Vanpoperingh cultivate with passion 7 hectares in the areas of Damery and Cumières in the Marne Valley. The cuvées all have an elegant and fine profile and have the particularity of being aged entirely or partially in barrels.

Charvin

The vineyard of the Charvin estate is mainly located on clay-limestone soils around Orange, 13 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône appellation and 8 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Roquefort Castle

Discover the Provencal nuggets of Raymond de Villeneuve. His vineyard is located near Roquefort-la-Bédoule at the foot of the Sainte-Baume Massif, with an organic culture and a real work of the soil (certified Ecocert in 2014). The wines are really captivating and of an excellent level, with digestible whites, chiselled rosés, and reds that are always concentrated, fine and perfumed. A gourmet and profound approach to be praised...

Château Simone

Château Simone, the paradise of the AOC white palette

Clos Canarelli

Yves Canarelli never ceases to amaze us and continues to raise the profile of Corsican wines, unquestionably belonging to the elite of Mediterranean winegrowers.

Clos Saint Vincent

Bellet, a micro-appellation of about fifty hectares on the heights of Nice is really a discovery of great interest, in particular at Clos Saint-Vincent, which is now at the top of the appellation...

Clos Sainte-Magdeleine

Count Abbatucci

In the Taravo valley, not far from Propriano, the Comte Abbatucci estate continues to shine through its contribution to the revaluation of Corsican native grape varieties.

De Sousa

"Installée à Avize depuis trois générations, la famille De Sousa vient de célébrer ses 20 ans de biodynamie. En compagnie de son épouse Michelle et de ses trois enfants revenus au domaine, Erick poursuit sa quête de l'excellence dans cet esprit familial.

Delaporte

The rising star of Sancerre is now on the heels of the greatest...

Dom Pérignon

Dominique Auroy

It is on the atoll of Rangiroa in the Tuamotu archipelago, in the heart of the South Pacific, that Dominique Auroy's precious Vin de Tahiti is produced. White and rosé Tahitian wines, with a unique identity, freshness and remarkable aromas reminiscent of the local coral... An ultra original gift!

Fondrèche

Hauvette

At the foot of the Alpilles, the discreet Dominique Hauvette has risen over the years to become one of the elite of the great winegrowers of Provence, one of the most exciting estates of the moment for the discerning wine lover...

Henri Giraud

Henri Giraud Champagnes belong to the Champagne elite. From the great terroirs of Ay and with part of the production vinified in oak barrels from the Argonne forest, Champagne Henri Giraud symbolises the exceptional Champagne wine; greedy, vinous, with a unique style and extreme complexity... To be tasted at least once in your life...

Out of Scope

Jérémie Mourat

The Anglore

La Taille aux Loups

The Bishop's Tower

Larmandier-Bernier

The Larmandier-Bernier family estate is located on the Côte des Blancs in Vertus, and is composed of 16 hectares (3.5 of which are Grand Cru) and no less than 50 separate plots, which have been biodynamically managed since 1999. On these privileged terroirs, the grape varieties are 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir with an average age of the vines of 33 years.

Le Puy

The Amoreau family has been cultivating its vineyards since 1610, located on a rocky plateau, identical to that of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. The fifty year old vines are cultivated according to the biodynamic method, which contributes to the singularity of the estate and stands out among all the Bordeaux crus.

Le Roc des Anges

One of the great rising stars of the French wine industry...

The Soulier Brothers

Lopez de Heredia

Founded by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta at the end of the 19th century, López de Heredia is the heir to a long tradition that continues and grows thanks to the effort, passion and commitment of a family.

Mas des Bressades

Costières de Nîmes with an amazing quality/price/pleasure ratio...

Mas Jullien

"Installé à Jonquières à l'ouest de Montpellier, Olivier Jullien, référence incontestée et incontestable, est parvenu avec intuition et intelligence à hisser au plus haut le niveau qualitatif des vins de la région et a entraîné derrière lui toute une génération de jeunes vignerons.

Nugues

Olivier Bardet

Pibarnon

Pierre Ménard

A very talented winemaker to discover first...

Raphaël Bartucci

A must of the appellation with a natural Cerdon, greedy and complex at the same time. Ideal with a red fruit crumble.

Renardat Fache

A great reference in Cerdon du Bugey.

Romain Le Bars

Selosse

Anselme Selosse is one of those "artist-winemaker-farmer" who transcends his universe.

Strega

Tempier

The ultimate reference of the Bandol appellation... or one of the most beautiful representations of the famous mourvèdre grape variety.

Triennes

Jacques Seysses (Domaine Dujac) and Aubert De Villaine (Domaine de la Romanée Conti) joined forces with Michel Macux in 1990 and bought the property. Their know-how is now reflected in this Provence rosé with an exceptional quality-price-pleasure ratio.

Olivier Horiot