Somewhere between red and white, there’s Rosé. It’s been having a bit of a resurgence over the past couple of years, becoming a sort of trendy alternative to more established hot weather numbers.
Here’s why drinking pink is chic, especially if it’s from Provence.
Provence, The Heart Of Rosé
This picturesque region sits along the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France, with the Rhone River to the west and Côte d’Azur on the east.
Blessed with a fantastic climate, Provence gets plenty of sunshine with dry, cool evenings, and has a varied, yet primarily limestone landscape.
The three main Provencal appellations include Cotes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois en Provence. More than than half of the wines produced in Provence is dedicated to making rosé wines.
How It’s Made – Red Grapes, White Method
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to rosé. Some people even think that you can get it just by mixing red and white wine together. Those people are kind of heading in the right direction, but it’s much more complicated than that.
Rosé wine is created by treating red grapes like white grapes, separating the juices from the grapes early on in the wine-making process.
Red wine gets its properties thanks to juice being given more time to take in tannins and gain it’s colour from the skin of the grapes. This period has a lot of influence on the resulting wine and is known as the “maceration time”. It’s a process that makes the production of red wine very distinct from the production of white.
Rosés share this maceration time with red wine, but it is much shorter, the grapes going almost straight to press without time to take in tannins. This short but significant phase of the production means they absorb a little color but all the tannins that make red wines so heavy and robust.
This is also the point at which variations within rosés come about. Pinot Noir rosés are generally much lighter (in color and in the mouth) than Malbec rosés, for example, thanks to a shorter maceration time.
Ok, but… how does it taste?
Expect fresh, fruity, floral and citrusy aromas and flavours – which makes drinking Provencal pink ideal for hot weather. Imagine sitting alfresco on a weekend while having brunch or chilling by the pool, and you get a clear winner.
Just remember to serve it chilled between 8-10 Celsius.
Try our Hecht & Bannier Rosé
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