Over the past year, we have seen a tremendous boom in the amount of rosé wines on the market, and with that has comes a flood of inquiries and emails concerning this phenomenon. Some of the questions range from, what’s the best area or grape variety for rosé wines, or things like what temperature to serve or what is my favorite. Here are a few notes on a rosé wine I had the opportunity to try recently that I consider to be either my favorite, or right at the top.
2016 Fleur Rosé grapes are selected from some of the oldest vineyards in the heart of the Provence region of France, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The grapes are harvested by hand in the cool of the night, then allowed to rest on their skins to produce a wine that is simply stunning in color and character using 35 percent syrah, 35 percent cinsault and 30 percent mourvèdre grapes.
It is shimmering pink in color followed by aromas and flavors of delicate red fruits, ripe strawberry, and a hints of white peach, followed by a clean crisp finish with just a dollop of spice. It is a beautiful wine that would be ideal with any type of grilled chicken or sea bass dish, but would be sensational with an easy dinner of rotisserie chicken and grilled veggies after a long day at work.
Don’t let this wine fool you with its delicate color or pretty bottle. It can stand up to the big boys.
I give the 2016 Fleur Rosé a rating of 91 points and select it as a Double Must Buy. This wine retails around $16.99.