The Provence region of southern France has only been making dry Rosé wines since the Greeks brought wine to the area in 600 B.C. Rosé is the heritage of this area and the site of France’s oldest vineyards. It is a rich tradition where winemakers are the beneficiaries of the region’s vast knowledge and time-honored techniques. These long-established traditions give them the skill to make this delicate wine which is difficult to produce. Provence is the home of the best rosés.
Terroir is the notion of place and the influence it has on the wine. Terroir is extremely important in Provence with its plentiful sunshine, the Mediterranean basin soils and the mistral wines. Here the hillsides are covered with lavender, rosemary and thyme and those same crisp aromas are reflected in rosé.
Rosé is easily paired with the variety of foods served at a typical American Thanksgiving meal. From the appetizers to the grilled vegetables to the turkey and on to the cranberries, rosé is an easy choice.
Jules 2011 Rosé Cote de Provence is an award-winning wine with a light pale pink color and is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. This juicy wine has clean crisp flavors of strawberry, peach and red berry with a pretty floral aroma and nice spiciness.
Domaine de L’amaurigue 2014 Cotes de Provence Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grapes grown in the heart of Provence. You will love the light salmon color and the fruity nose delivers aromas of peach and citrus fruits. As you taste the wine, enjoy the nice acidity for a fresh start and then on to the citrus fruits. This light airy wine has a nice finesse all the way to the finish.
Chateau Beaulieu 2014 Rosé is from one of the largest estates in the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence region. It starts with the shapely bottle and brilliant salmon color and then on to abundant aromas of red current, strawberries and white fruits. It has a nice acidity and touch of minerality that leads to a good balanced finish.
Domaine Terre de Mistral 2014 Rosalie is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle (known as Vermentino in neighboring Italy). It is a ripe generous wine with red berries and plum and touches of vanilla and spice.
Enjoy your Provence Rosé for Thanksgiving.
For more information:
- Jules Wines
- Domaine de L’amaurigue
- Chateau Beaulieu
- Domaine Terre de Mistral