South of France Summer Rosé Cruise
Liven up your table for the summer!
In the past we have covered the worldwide rosé boom, a trend that shows no signs of fading. As demand increases, more and more “premium rosé” labels are emerging. The appeal of rosé is of course its beautiful color, along with its versatility for food parings. It’s a great match for ratatouille and other tomato-based dishes from the rosé homeland of Provence, as well as spicy Asian fare such as Szechwan chili shrimp, mapo tofu, green curry, and yum woon sen. And the way it brightens any table is another of its charms.
The one problem is that rosé comes in an overwhelming variety of styles, leaving many drinkers at a loss as to which one to choose. This is where drinkers should turn their attention to the producers in Southern France. In regions such as Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Sud Ouest, quite a few lesser-known yet immensely talented winemakers are coming up with various styles of rosé. For example, there’s Château Simone (Provence), a long-established Château with a consistent flavor; Château de Pibarnon (Provence), renowned for its Mourvèdre; and Piccinini (Languedoc-Roussillon), which has helped improve the quality of Minervois. There are almost too many to mention. One especially worthy of note is Triennes (Provence). Two of Burgundy’s most famous names, Domaine Dujac and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, came together in Southern France’s greatest collaboration, producing wine of outstanding quality at a surprisingly reasonable price.
Rosé from the South of France is unique for the spicy nuance from native grape varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsaut. And in contrast to the stylish, vibrant color Province wines get from basking in the sunlight, Languedoc-Roussillon grapes are strongly influenced by the Mistral, creating a fascinating trend of powerful flavors. If you chose your rosé with knowledge of the unique personality of its producer and region, you’re sure to encounter more discoveries. It’s the perfect way to liven up your summer table.
(Text: Kimiko Anzai)
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