Great Dry Rosé Wines for the Spring and Summer

If it’s Spring, that must mean it’s time for Rosé.

AND in all the years I have been featuring these dry, pink gems, never have they been so popular.  All of my suppliers are now presenting me with pages upon pages of rosé offerings, from many parts of the world, in all price ranges.

In my opinion, as far as rosé goes, there is no need to spend a fortune.  Even in moderate price ranges, one can find rosé wine of different styles, most quite delicious.

What I like to do each year is choose 4 different ones.  They must be super young and super fresh, as that is the attraction to them.  When serving, have them chilled icy cold.  Of course, all that I have chosen here are from 2012.

So let’s begin:

2012 Chateau Grande Cassagne, Costieres de Nimes   images 1.45.15 PM

This perennial favorite is ALWAYS delicious, and one of my biggest sellers.  The grapes are Syrah (60%) and Grenache (40%).  The color is a bright pink.  This wine has a touch more richness, and hits you in the face with more intense character.  It is bone dry, and is a fabulous “food” wine.  No problem in simply enjoying a super chilled glass all by itself.  Ripe strawberry with notes of cranberry are evident.

2012 Falesco Vitiano Rosé, Umbria, Italy   T0002460_MonogrammaVitiano

The Frenchie that I am would never have guessed I would feature an Italian dry rosé.  But OMG!!!  This wine knocked me out of my socks with all that it jammed in the glass.  Made  from 30% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Aleatico, this wine is bone dry, with no sense of austerity.  The color is a deep, richly hued pink.  The aromas are pure raspberry and strawberry.  I can almost sense a note of Muscat on the nose, but there is no Muscat in this wine.  The flavors that meet your palate are incredibly round, super fresh and very complete.  This is a completely fun wine that will greet sunbathers and picnickers in a most welcome fashion.

2012 Chateau Pesquie “Terrasses” Rosé, Cotes de Ventoux   Pesquie

This is a very sophisticated rosé.  Harvested from the terraced hillside vineyards of Ventoux, this wine is made up of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah.  Rose petal in color, and bone dry, this is a superb “food” wine.  Bright, and crystal clear, this wine delivers aromas and flavors of raspberry, currant, with a tiny dash of cranberry.  Not lean or austere, this wine maintains its wonderful freshness and drinkability beautifully.  The Cote de Ventoux is the gate between the Rhone Valley and Provence…homes to France’s finest rosé wines.

2012 Terres de Saint Louis, Coteaux Varois en Provence   Terres St. Louis

This Provence beauty is made up of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah.  Its color is a delicate yet very pure pink.  The rosés of Provence can have an additional boost of richness in their wines, as this one does.  Super clean, and super refreshing, this wine lets you know why dry rosé is perhaps the largest selling summertime wine in Southern France.  Stroll the streets and on just about every café table will sit an icy bottle of pink wine in an ice bucket.  (If it’s not rosé, then they’re probably drinking beer.)  Perfect with shellfish, and all other fresh seafood, salads, grilled birds (avoid songbirds), and pasta dishes.

All available at Charles Fine Wine.

3 thoughts on “Great Dry Rosé Wines for the Spring and Summer

  1. CFWine Post author

    Bello is not available in CT, but the Belle Glos is. From the bottom to the top, Belle Glos Pinots are superb. Haven’t had the Belle Glos Rosé, but will do so as I was weaned on Burgundy’s Rosé de Marsannay (100% Pinot Noir) early on in my “wine” life. As always, I try and find them super young and super fresh. Every year I sell more and more of the dry rosés, and I’m super pleased folks are discovering them.


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