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Rosé! It’s Good For Summer, And All Year Around

Domains Roger ZannierSo tell me, dear reader – do you think Rosé is for summer, or is it a year-around wine? In January, when it is –10 outside, would you still reach for Rosè to drink with your dinner? No, you only need heavy reds, you say? But why? Your dinner menu doesn’t consist of 5 variations of the hearty beef stew, and so the wines you drink shouldn’t be just Cabernet Sauvignon from 5 different glasses.

Well, I think the real picture is not as bad as I’m hinting above. The same way as now literally every winery in the world added Rosé to their repertoire, wine drinkers developed better appreciation for Rosé, its light and playful character, and ability to complement wide variety of dishes.

And which region makes the most versatile Rosé? Provence, of course! Yes, Rosé is made everywhere nowadays, but when it comes to finesse and character, Provence Rosé is hard to beat.

I recently had an opportunity to taste the line of Rosé wines from Domains Roger Zannier, and it happened to be a great lesson in diversity of Provence Rosé.

Domains Roger Zannier Rosé line up consisted of three different wine, each one having its own unique personality. In a blind tasting I would never tell that the wines were made by the same producer. And the main quality – while extremely quaffable, these wines offer food for thoughts, they are asking you to focus and to figure out what you taste.

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For what it worth, below you will find tasting notes for the Domains Roger Zannier wines – I hope the notes will illustrate my point:

2014 Domaines Roger Zannier Château Saint-Maur Cuveé M Rosé Côtes de Provence AOP ($25, 25% Grenache, 25% Tibouren, 25% Cinsault, 25% Syrah)
C: darkest of the 3, pink and nice
N:strawberries, fresh
P: very refreshing, good acidity, touch of strawberries, nice intensity
V: 8-

2014 Domaines Roger Zannier Château Saint-Maur L’Excellence Rosé Côtes de Provence AOP ($45, 30% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 30% Mourvédre, 10% Rolle)
C: beautiful light pink
N: touch of red fruit, intense with finesse
P: perfect acidity, touch of lemon, and lemon zest, lots of strawberries, overall delicious
V: 8

2014 Domaines Roger Zannier Château Saint-Maur Clos de Capelune Rosé Côtes de Provence AOP ($65, 35% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 20% Mourvédre, 15% Rolle)
C: salmon pink
N: clearly a red wine on the nose, cured meat, onion peel
P: savory, complex, but light. Definitely thought provoking
V: 8, different and intriguing. Try it for yourself.

Three wines, three unique and different taste profiles. And an important message – first of all, these are excellent, versatile wines. And then yes, they are pink (or mostly pink) in color.

Don’t let Rosé to hibernate away from your dinner table during fall and winter – no matter what temperature is outside, there is always place for a little Rosé in your glass. Cheers!

  1. August 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Well, I probably have a different perspective because it never gets -10 here in winter. Our lowest lows are in the +single digits, and typically no colder than about 20 F in a cold snap. But I love Rose all year long – and I’ve been known to chill my sparking wine in the snow (on the rare occasions that we have snow).

    • talkavino
      August 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Of course it is easier for me in the North East, but yes, I chilled my sparklers in the snow as well ( there should be even some pictures in the blog 🙂 )

  2. August 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    It’s definitely always rose season here in Nice!

    • talkavino
      August 24, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Where else if not at the source! 🙂

  3. August 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I like a dryer style of Rose as a predinner drink, with lunch and just as a refresher, all year round. I should branch out and taste some French rose.

    • talkavino
      August 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      French Rosé are excellent, especially those from Provence, and they will fit your requirements, Sandra ( dry and light). Try them!

  4. August 23, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I would be happy to drink rose at any time of year Anatoli, though like you say… it needs to be suited to the food being served with it.

    • talkavino
      August 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Sounds good Margot! Besides, spring is in the air for you 🙂

  5. August 23, 2015 at 4:22 am

    In my house, Rose is for all year…even when snow lies on the ground…:-)

    • talkavino
      August 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Glad to hear that! Cheers!

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