I’m always down to try a new Rosé, so when I went to Costco and saw a beautifully packaged three-pack of French Rosès I was in (especially at the price, three for $30).
The first I tried was the 2016 Perle du Sud Rosé. I enjoyed it with a day of fun in the sun. The vineyard is located in the south of France, near the Mediterranean Sea. This Rosé is made with Grenache and Syrah grapes, which complement each other well. It is pale pink in color and is light and refreshing. It tastes of berries and has just the right amount of sweetness. It’s very easy drinking. It was part of a Costco gift pack of French Rosés, three for $30. I paired it with Sir Pizza and friends on the beach. 3/5.
The second was a 2016 Chemin de Provence Rosé. This one I also enjoyed during that same beach outing 😉 The producer, Ehrmanns, has an exclusive label range of classic French varietals from the Pays d’Oc region. It’s produced by multi-aeard winning cooperative Foncalieu, pioneers of agronomic research and terrior expression. It is pale pink in color with a berry aroma that translates onto the palate with notes of strawberries. It’s fresh and light, with a balanced acidity. Since I also paired this one with a day at the beach and pizza, I also give it a 3/5.
The third, and last, Rosé was Vallée des Pins Rosé from Côteaux d’Aix en Provence. The vineyard is just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditional assemblage, which means that the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style. The wine is pale pink in color and has a strong citrus and berry aroma, which translates onto the palate. There’s a minerality to it, with hints of pear, strawberry, and grapefruit. It’s refreshing and has a great balance of flavors. It was about $10 when you breakdown the cost of the three-pack. Great value. I enjoyed it after a long day of work at home with some charcuterie. 3/5.