Enjoy one of the most picturesque regions in the world through the evocative delights of Provence rosÃ© wines
November 17, 2021 5:00 p.m.
Imagine enjoying a lazy lunch under the vines, watching the sun dance over the azure sea in the distance, while sipping an aromatic wine that echoes the elegant charm of the surroundings.
In an age of limited travel, the sensory ability of food and wine to take us on epicurean adventures has never been so valued. And just as a traditional pizza can transport you to a bustling restaurant in Naples, a pale, dry, fragrant pink rosÃ© offers a taste of one of Europe’s most beautiful wine regions.
Widely acclaimed for its premier rosÃ© wine, Provence is largely responsible for the recent rise in popularity of rosÃ©, one of the few grape varieties to experience significant growth. And when it comes to provenance, quality exports from this postcard-perfect corner of south-eastern France are the best.
Nestled between the glamorous center of the CÃ´te d’Azur and the playground of the Alps mountains, Provence is full of chocolate villages, lavender fields and rolling vineyards basking in the endless sun.
The oldest wine-growing region in France, the vine was introduced to Provence by the Phocaeans 2,600 years ago. Thus, the place and its signature rosÃ© – which represents 91% of wine production – have an interwoven identity, favoring authenticity, sensoriality and entrepreneurship. The Vins de Provence vineyard extends over 200 km in width, from Nice to Aix en Provence, grouping together 3 protected appellations of origin (PDO).
The largest of these is the AOP CÃ´tes de Provence, with 20,538 ha of vines to the east. Featuring both limestone soils and volcanic rock, it is known for its lively and refreshing rosÃ© that expertly balances fruit and flowers.
Further west are the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, which stretch from the Durance to the Mediterranean Sea, with the city of the name of the appellation, the cultural mecca of Aix-en-Provence. , in its heart. The 2020 vintage offers a shimmering and vibrant rosÃ©, bursting with fruit, with a bold acid backbone.
The Coteaux Varois in Provence, north of Toulon, have vines grown at altitude, in a region that can experience variable temperatures. The slower ripening of the resulting grapes guarantees complex flavors,
with the last vintage presenting a wide range of fruit aromatics.
Linking the appellations is an avant-garde philosophy, as evidenced by their commitment to achieve 100% sustainability certification by 2030. Already 32% of Vins de Provence vineyards are either certified organic or committed to a “high environmental value” program. “.
Whether you raise a glass in Nice or Nelson, under a sunny sky or next to a winter fire, rosÃ© de Provence keeps its promises. While undeniably the perfect drink for an outdoor summer gathering, and a staple for the party wine list, the rich and subtle aromas make it a year-round delight for any occasion.
A natural companion to Mediterranean-style cuisine, pairing particularly well with fish and shellfish, Provence rosÃ© wines resist robust flavors. Consider pairing it with light game and spicy dishes, and see how its fine acidity enhances a wide range of desserts.
With style, substance and succulent drinkability, rosÃ© de Provence brings a delicious taste of France to the New Zealand table.
If you like classic flavors
Aix, AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, 2020, RRP $ 31.99
A classic Provencal blend of virgin Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault fruit, this well-balanced rosÃ© is freshly scented and delicately dry. The floral notes of watermelon and strawberry are nuanced by herbal notes.
If you are looking for something more crispy
ChÃ¢teau Routas, AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence, 2020, RRP $ 22.99
A lovely Provencal rosÃ©, the fleshy and intensely fragrant flavors evoke wild strawberries, while the crunchy acidity and hint of minerality sign a refreshing finish, making it the perfect summer option.
After something a little more gourmet?
Roseline Prestige, AOP CÃ´tes de Provence, 2020, RRP $ 34.99
Made from Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes, this rosÃ© is pale and tasty, with spicy notes of red cherry, musk, ruby ââgrapefruit and floral flowers. Delicious with seafood or desserts.