The best Rosé wines for summer 2016

Rosé wine, especially from Provence, is what you would call le vin du jour. Not only for ladies’ lunch, but for everyone who can appreciate a good grape. Truth is that one doesn’t have to spend 50,- to drink a fine pink wine, as it’s not a serious one – made in September to be drunk the next summer. Let’s browse through 5 of the best Rosé wines to drink during summer 2016.

Aimé Roquesante Rosé 2015
Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah
from Côtes de Provence, France
US $12 / EU €8

This is a great wine as it stands for everything we search in Rosé: lightness, simplicity and impeccable making. Drink Aimé Roquesante for lunchtime, as apéritif at the poolside or when throwing a party.

Chateau d’Aqueria Rosé 2015
Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Clairet, Mourvedre, Bourboulc and Picpoul
from Tavel, France
US $20 / EU €9

This is a slightly fancier blend of crisp cherries and ripe summer peaches. Goes perfect with food. With its luminescent scarlet color and intense, muscular flavor it’s very different from the Provence Rosés a short distance to the South.

Chateau Gassier Rosé 2015, Le Pas du Moine
Cinsault, Grenache, Surah, Rolle, Uni Blanc
from Côtes de Provence, Saint Victoire
US $25 / EU €16

This is a mineral infused delight, even touched with aromatic hints of lavender and herbs. Just what a Provence Rosé should be – light but with enough heft to make it a worthy companion for salmon or swordfish.

Chateau Grande Cassagne Rosé 2015
Grenache, Syrah
from Costières de Nimes
US $14 / EU €5

Packed with white peaches, strawberries and yellow cherries. A fruity, inexpensive, summer delight to enjoy with your friends.

Château La Noblesse Rosé 2015
Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre
from Bandol
US $25 / EU €13

This is about as good as it gets in Provence Rosé….Or at least almost as good as it gets – and certainly as good as it gets for the money. With its intense purity, its ripe, tangy fruit – think melon with a tinge of grapefruit here – and mineral-layered complexity it shows there’s little reason to pay more.

Bandol is renowned for its polished, complex reds from the Mourvèdre grape, bringing an intense purity, a seriousness, one doesn’t find anywhere else.

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Wine selection by Nick Passmore

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