20 French Rosés You Should Be Drinking This Summer

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Rosé wine drinking season is already in full swing here in New York and at the wine shop where I work, rosés are flying off the shelves.  Many consumers still have the notion that rosé wines are sweet, but most of the better ones being produced today range from dry and crisp with subtle fruit flavors to fuller bodied, rounder and more fruit forward, but still dry.  Trade tastings of the current vintage release (2015) began in February of this year.  I've had the chance over the past four months to taste many rosés from all over the world.  For this post I'm focusing on French rosés which tend to be very crisp with a steely minerality, fresh subtle fruit flavors and light bodied.  These wines are refreshing, food-friendly wines for hot summer days and nights.  They are also elegant wines for when you feel like something with a little more weight than most white wine but not as heavy as a red wine.  Below are my favorite of the 2015s, the ones I will be sipping and sharing with family and friends poolside, beach-side, inside and just about everywhere.  Happy Summer of 2016!!

 

From Provence:

Jean-Francois Ott with his bottle of Domaine Ott Chateau Romassan rose

Jean-Francois Ott with his bottle of Domaine Ott Chateau Romassan rose

From Rhone:

  • Chene Bleu Rosé - A crisp, refreshing wine with floral aromatics and bright summer fruits on the palate.  The finish is dry and delicate.  Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault  ($30-40)

 

From Languedoc:

  • Gerard Bertrand Cote des Rosésa crisp, refreshing wine full of delicious berry and grapefruit flavors with a lingering finish reminiscent of candy.  100% Grenache. ($13-18)
  • Puech-Haut Prestige Rosé - Lots of bright cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose but with lean, mineral qualities on the palate.  Lingering cake-like flavors for the finish.  Cinsault and Grenache  ($17-25)

 

From Sancere, Loire Valley:

  • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre RoséBright, high-toned red fruits on the nose and palate.  Full of elegance and subtlety.  100% Pinot Noir.  ($15-22)

 

From Beaujolais:

  • De La Chaize Beaujolais Rosé - Beautiful aromas of raspberry and red currant on the nose with a delicate, flowery sensation on the palate.  100% Gamay ($20)

 

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From Corsica:

  • Clos Canarelli Rosé - A very bright and fresh, certified organic wine with subtle fruit flavors. Made from Sciaccarellu, Niellucciu and grenache  ($33-42)
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Out on the Hudson River, Enjoying some cotton candy with my rosé on the La Nuit En Rosé cruise.

Out on the Hudson River, Enjoying some cotton candy with my rosé on the La Nuit En Rosé cruise.