Estimated retail: $16
There are sure to be a few more cold days between now and May. There are certain to be a great many more warm, sunny days. Which unquestionably means Rosé season is in effect on just about any given day. National wine writers annually trumpet a “Rosé Season” where these mainly dry, beautifully colored wines excel, but that is flat out wrong. Drinking pink isn’t just a summertime pleasure and to limit these beauties to three or four months of the year is a mistake. Houston and many other destinations have a year-round climate for Rosé (not to mention patios to match). Search your feelings, you know it to be true. (Frank Bullington)
A few of my favorite rules for drinking Rosé:
- Location matters. The best come from Rosé’s origin, the South of France. You can never go wrong with versions produced within 150 miles of the French border with Spain.
- Classic varietals make classic wines. Rosé can be made from any red grape, but it’s best from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Cab Franc, or Pinot Noir.
- Never spend more than $50.00 on a bottle of Rosé, except from the Bandol (Amine Matta) wine region of France.
- Alcohol is the enemy. Rosé is thirst-quenching and uplifting. Versions with an alcohol level of your typical red don’t cut it. See California, Rosé of Cabernet.
- Leave it off the ice. When Rosé warms up a bit closer to room temperature, the flavor, texture, and aromas become all the more inviting.
Domaine des Corbillières Rosé stands out for a couple of reasons. First, it comes from Touraine, one of the less appreciated and incredible value areas of the Loire Valley. The region is absolutely worth a visit as it is home to some of France’s most majestic castles. Secondly, it’s partly made from the indigenous Pineau d’Aunis varietal of Chenin Noir. It has a unique flavor profile that gracefully balances spice and herb with a generous mix of juicy, red fruit. They combine it with PInot Noir to make a classic hued Rosé. It has lovely floral notes, layers of herb, white pepper, and wild strawberries tossed with fresh citrus. Suffice to say it makes for a lovely escape. Honestly I love Rosé with guacamole and chips, so don’t be afraid to try this with some quality Mexican food. ∞