ALL ABOUT ROSÉ WINE
Rosé wine has the reputation of being a less noble wine than its red or white counterparts, and also the misconception that it is blend of the two! Its elaboration requires a specific know-how, in order to find the perfect balance between colour and roundness. The winemaking technique used (maceration, pressing or bleeding), the level of ripening of the grapes or the harvesting temperature are all variables that make each rosé wine unique.
Region, grape variety: how to choose your rosé wine?
When we talk about rosé wine, we think of summer, sun and barbecue. Rosé wine offers a rich range of flavours, sometimes powerful and fruity, sometimes round and delicate. Its colour also comes in many shades, from pale pink to vermilion, raspberry or salmon. Thanks to this great variety, rosé wine has become increasingly popular in recent years.
What is the best rosé wine?
It depends above all on your taste: you can favour freshness, power, fruit or finesse. Other criteria can also help you make your choice: the region or the grape variety. In geographical terms, rosé wine inevitably evokes the South, in particular the famous rosé wine of Provence (Côtes-de-Provence, Bandol...). This region offers wines of great finesse and incredible aromatic richness. Nevertheless, the other French wine-growing areas also offer wines worthy of interest:
- Rhône : Tavel, Côtes-du-Rhône rosé
- Languedoc-Roussillon: Corbières and Collioure rosés
- Loire: Cabernet d'Anjou, Rosé de Loire, Rosé d'Anjou
- Bordeaux : Bordeaux rosé, Clairet
- South-West: Bergerac rosé, Côtes de Gascogne rosé
Contrary to white wines, there is no significant difference between the grape varieties used for red and rosé wines, their difference being essentially due to the time and duration of maceration. However, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre are the must-haves of Provençal wines: often used in unison, they give them their incomparable aroma. In other regions, you will find blends based on Cabernet (Franc and Sauvignon), Merlot, Pinot Noir...
Food and wine pairing: which dishes to enjoy with a rosé wine?
As far as food and wine pairing is concerned, you will rarely make a mistake by basing your choice on a regional pairing. Rosé wine is therefore the perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine. Rosé wines from Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon or the Loire region are ideal with appetizers, but also with white and red meat dishes: ideal for barbecues! To accompany fish, you will choose a Bordeaux rosé, or even a sunny Corsican rosé. Or let yourself be surprised with a sweet, mellow rosé wine, such as Cabernet d'Anjou to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with fruit desserts.
At Vinatis you will also find a delicious selection of organic rosé wines for pure enjoyment from nature!