There is something inherently charming about Provençal Rosé.
It’s the delicate pale pink hue, of course, but more than that, it’s the enticing taste of place. Cradled between the Mediterranean and the Alps, French rosé reflects the varied terroir of Provence’s vineyards: the abundant sunshine, the fierce and dry Mistral winds, the rolling hills and rocky limestone cliffs, the sea and volcanic soil.
Well-made rosé is an refined and serious sip. Dry, savoury, and fresh with an undercurrent of acidity it can move from patio to dinner table. Do what the French do and serve it with tomatoes, or fish, or chicken, or alongside a plate of bloomy-rind cheeses such as Brie or Camembert and a platter of charcuterie.
Pink is a delicious drink.
Domaine Saint Ferréol Les Vaunières Rosé 2016
Coteaux Varois, Provence, South of France, France
Year after year, les Vaunières gets my vote for value for money. It delivers everything I want from a Provençal rosé; that barely-there colour and dryness, of course, but also a lightness and subtlety of personality. Yet it’s still pretty, replete with summer berries and a welcome undertow of minerality on the palate.
~ Michaela Morris, In the Pink: The Best Rosés for Summer, Westender
Domaine Saint Ferréol Les Vaunières Rosé, $17.99, BC Liquor Stores here