Is it just us or do you also think rosé as soon as the sun is out? Well in the name of rose wines and the long summer evenings ahead, here are 12 French rose wines we tried and enjoyed! To enjoy as apero, to enjoy with food, to enjoy alone or with friends. You choose.
Chateau Ad Rosam – you know those rose wines you drink and then immediately forget? Well, this Bordeaux rose is not one of them. It is full of character, it’s fresh and fruity with hints of citrus. A pleasure to drink with food. Available to buy @ Rob Gourmet
Chateau de Parenchere – this rosé is all about red fruit. Easy to drink it is an uncomplicated wine, plus if you show up with a ‘clairet’ to your next BBQ, bet everyone will be intrigued. Available to buy @ Delhaize.
Château Amanieu d’Albret, La Rose Damanieu – this is classic merlot rose. Light and fruity, easy to drink (maybe too easy?) and great as a sunny apero, alongside some olives and slices of ham. Available to buy @ www.wellwines.be
Rosé d’Anjou, Cuvee Melaine – a very fruity and floral rose, this is an easy one to drink and perfect for all those tapas / mezze style al fresco terrace dinners. Don’t let the flowery label put you off. Available to buy @ Spar
Rosé d’Anjou, Cuveé Elysis – my favourite from the Loire wines we tried. Red fruits and flowers, with a fresh acidity about it. We enjoyed it as apero but I bet it would go great with dessert. Come to think of it, we don’t drink enough rosé with dessert. Available @ Colruyt
Mélopeé de Gavoty – we are entering classic rosé territory with this wine. This wine was light and fruity, a kiss of sunshine and summer Provence evenings in a glass. Perfect for fish dishes I would say, but then again (notice a trend?) we had it for apero. Available @ www.cavesdomaines.be
Cuveé Jas d’Esclans, Coeur du Loup – here we are on exotic fruits, think bananas and pineapple, with a hint of berries. Lightly coloured this wine is perfect for Provence style dishes like fish soup, but can also stand its ground for more exotic spicy dishes. Available @ Brunch by Vins de Provence
Domaine de Sulauze, Pomponette – the name alone (!) and we had to try this wine. Pomponette is all about pow-pow but given with a velvet glove. It’s fruity yet has character. It’s light but lingers. Available @ L’Ultime Atome.
Chateau Cohola – although Rhone for me equals round and rich and powerful reds, I was pleasantly surprised to discover its rose wines. This one is a complex fruit and flower mix, but showing maturity and complexity. Available @ Brussels wine bars
Domaine des Muretins, Tavel – you could easily mistake this Rhone rose wine with a red. It has an intense dark colour and tasting it, all I could think of was ‘visine’ – a type of sour cherry, common in Romania towards the end of summer. Available @ www.1jour1vin.com
Domaine la Remejeanne, Chèvrefeuilles-Rosé – although a mouthful to pronounce, this wine is all about soft peachy notes. Very round and pleasant, this Rhone rose goes perfectly for apero (I know!) but also stands its ground with more spicy, Asian food. Available @ www.maisondesvins.be
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