About Provence Rose

About Provence Rose
Vin de Pays Rosé are rosé wines that are designated as a Vin de Pays or country wine from one of about 50 different departments (territories) in France. One of the most popular of these is Vin de Pays d'Oc from the Languedoc-Roussilon area in southern France, while Vin de Pays Vignobles de France represents the entire winemaking territories of France.

There are several red varieties that can be used to make a Vin de Pays Rosé, which are produced with minimal skin contact, as with most rosés. These varieties include Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

These rosés are light to medium-bodied and generally are dry or off-dry with moderate tannins and an earthy finish. Pair with simple bistro food such as salads or roast chicken.

Top Picks for Provence Rose

Chateau de Saint Martin Cru Classe 2020 Grande Réserve Rosé Côtes de Provence
91 points
$22
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of perfectly ripe summer watermelon, raspberry pastilles, green apple, vanilla cream, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a graceful, elegant, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. An absolute delight of a Provence Rosé; fruity, juicy, complex, lengthy and with a quenchingly dry finish.
Manon 2020 Rosé Côtes de Provence
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Inviting aromas and flavors of sweet strawberry, pickled rhubarb, and compressed watermelon with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length finish imparting notes of lime, pink peppercorn, and minerals with no oak flavor. A welcoming fruity nose leads to a mineral driven, crisp and refreshing palate in this quintessential Provence Rosé.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Costeval 2020 Rosé Côtes de Provence
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas of ripe melon, juicy pear, hints of peach, and tarragon with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length mango and hints of raspberry finish with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward, charming Rosé that will be a hit.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Jas Des Vignes 2020 Rosé Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of almost-ripe raspberry, fresh melon, chalk, and geranium with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a polished, medium-length finish. A simple and satisfying warm-weather Rosé.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Perle de Valensole 2020 Rosé Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Green aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, bell pepper relish, and soursop with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of kiwi, fresh dill, and parsley with no oak flavor. A somewhat green and herbaceous Rosé that will pair well with warm-weather dinners.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Eternelle Favorite 2020 Rosé Côtes de Provence
87 points
$23
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach and Rainier cherries with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with nuances of dried apricot and chalk with no oak flavor. A crisp and fruity Rosé with a pleasingly stoney and dry finish.