What could be more sublime on a hot summer’s day than a nice, chilled glass of rosé wine? It’s that time of year again, when a crisp glass of rosé is the perfect antidote to a long hard day at work, even if it is from home for the time being!? This pale pink beverage has seen a huge surge in popularity over the past few years, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Much lighter than red wine but no less rich in flavor and aromas, it’s the perfect tipple for the summer months. Here I am going to review the Top 5 Best French Rosé Wines. The freshest, fruitiest tipples from, in my opinion, the best country for consistently, authentic, and delicious rosé wines: France.
Now while it may be tempting to look for the palest pink on the shelves which somehow appears to offer a more stylish and on-trend tipple, the darker, more vibrant rosés have plenty to offer too. There’s a wide range of rosés to choose from: from light, citrusy wines to darker, more full-bodied styles, and here are my favorites.
1. AIX Rosé, Maison Saint AIX
The delicious AIX Rosé comes from Provence in France, a region synonymous with making the very best and most delicate rosés that have been created there for over two thousand years. This heavenly region in South-Eastern France offers rolling vineyards surrounded by olive groves, pine forests, and lavender fields all lying close to the elegant French Riviera city of Nice and the glamorous resort towns of Saint Tropez and Cannes.
Born in a beautiful 130-year-old winery, one of the largest domains in the famous AOP Coteaux d’Aix en Provence and created by Maison Saint AIX, AIX Rosé is quite possibly the best rosé to come out of this beautiful region of France. AIX is celebrated for all things that make rosé great: France, Provence, tradition, and quality. This many times gold awarded, premium rosé has been made with dedication and passion, and best of all it’s an affordable little luxury too!
Symbolized by the seal of two Mandarin ducks, ”AIX Galericulata” in Latin, AIX is inspired by the same simple beauty of sharing one’s life with another, which is the perfect reason for sharing right now at home with those you love.
This alluring rosé is fragrant and well balanced, with a mesmerizing salmon pink color, the hallmark of a top quality Provence rosé. It offers a fragrant freshness and summer fruitiness that’s delicate, yet youthful with delicious notes of watermelon, strawberries, and flowers. It’s refreshing, crispness makes it an ideal aperitif, however, it’s also ideal to accompany a delicious seafood dish in the summer sunshine.
This classical blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault was acknowledged specifically as the most celebrated rosé in the world at the ‘Mondial du Rosé 2016’ (International Rosé Wine Competition) in Cannes and regularly wins gold medals at prominent wine shows.
Maison Saint AIX has hand selected just a few exclusive respected and sophisticated establishments, department stores and events around the world to offer their fabulous wine, so you will be in good company choosing this elegant rosé. Found in over 30 countries including fabulous cities like LA, Paris, Singapore, and Dubai this tipple is certainly making itself known. Keen to endorse sharing, this beautiful wine is available in a variety of sizes from standard and Jeroboam, right through to the highly impressive 15 liter Nebuchadnezzar!
This is my go-to rosé and never fails to delight my palate and that of my guests. It understatedly outshines all other rosés and I personally adore drinking this enchanting rosé whilst sitting on my terrace in the last of the summer evening sunshine, it truly lifts my spirits and is the perfect end to the day.
2. Whispering Angel, Chateau d’Esclans
Previously awarded The Wine Enthusiast`s European Winery of The Year Award for 2014, Whispering Angel is a beautiful pale salmon pink Provence rosé is from the elevated Chateau d’Esclans vineyard located near the Gorges de Pennafort, 20km northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast. It offers delicate aromas of strawberries, peach, rose-water, and orange blossom. In terms of flavor it blends berries with zesty citrus acidity and a very smooth finish. Elegant, crisp, and complex, it’s sure to impress any rosé lover and would pair perfectly with lighter dishes, and appetizers.
3. Miraval Rosé 2019 Côtes de Provence, Famille Perrin
Miravel gained a certain notoriety when “Brangelina” bought the château, but this exceptional and sophisticated Provence wine justifies the attention and was previously named the best rosé in the world by Wine Spectator Magazine. Miraval Rosé 2019 is pale, refreshing and purer than many, with aromas of wild strawberries and blackcurrants balanced against leafy, herbal notes. The palate is textured and complex, showing that despite Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s differences, the beautiful estate continues to do what it does best.
4. 2019 Williams Chase Provence Rosé, Domaine Chase
Williams Chase is more commonly known for its award-winning British vodka, but Williams Chase Provence Rosé is a crisp and fruity, pale pink Provencal rosé is just as good. Nestled in the heart of the South of France, Domaine Chase spans over 20 hectares of vines from the prestigious appellations of the Coteaux Varois en Provence and the Côtes de Provence. This beautifully bottled rosé offers a blend of grenache, syrah, vermentino and cinsault grapes that slips down easily on a warm summer’s day. With delicate notes of soft red fruit, crisp white peach and melon against a backdrop of savory Provencal herbs, it perfectly accompanies any light salad dish.
5. Bruno Paillard’s Première Cuvée Rosé Champagne
Now whilst this isn’t strictly a rosé wine, I thought it would be remiss not to include the eminently drinkable Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée Rosé Champagne in our shortlist. There’s a huge range of delicious pink champagnes to choose from nowadays, but this has to be one of the most sublime. On the nose you get redcurrant and red fruits evolving into morello cherry, wild strawberries, and violet, while the palate delivers dryness with hints of red fruits captured at their full freshness and extremely fine bubbles. It’s perfect to complement to seafood, light meats, and hard cheeses.
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