Though everyone under the sun is making rose wines these days, the region that has always produced world-class pink wine is still on top for delivering delicate, elegant Rose with character. Provence has been a producer of rose wines since the Romans first planted vines throughout the region. Capturing the essence of the Mediterranean Sea, the floral, herbal wines have a crisp, crushed stone and saline note, melding beautifully with the signature varieties of the sun-drenched region like Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle, and Syrah.
Singing of summer, La Bernarde Les Hauts du Luc Cotes de Provence Rose ($18) opens with aromas of lilac, lavender, wild sage, and apricot, followed by juicy fruit notes of tangerine, golden peach, and raspberry. Produced slowly, allowing the fermentation to start naturally utilizing wild yeasts, the wine has a richness and structured texture not always found in Rose, giving extra depth and character to the easy-going wine. Pair with regional favorites like grilled fish or chicken, grilled summer vegetables or ratatouille.