Looking for the best rosé? Look no further than Provence. Rosé is made all over the world, but Provence has captured people’s imagination like no other with its delicately hued wine that encapsulates al-fresco drinking. We’ve put together a list of the best Provence rosé based on the finest bottles from this year’s IWSC.
Rosé’s popularity has soared over the past decade, particularly in the US, and Provence has been at the forefront of the charge. Its light onion-skin shade, presented in tall, elegant ‘skittle’ bottles have given it huge appeal to the Instagram crowd, too, helped along by a number of celebrities launching their own rosés, most famously Brad Pitt who bought Château Miraval, located in Var.
Rosés from Provence are rarely heavy and full-bodied; on the contrary, the trademark character is vibrant and easy-drinking, made with classic southern French varieties Grenache and Cinsault, helped now and again with the addition of white grape Vermentino to the blend to freshen things up.
One of the star Provence performers in this year’s IWSC was Château Saint-Maur Saint M Rosé 2020, which scored 93/100pts. The judges described the wine as ‘captivating’, with a sleek mineral character, hints of oyster shell and notes of fresh bread and stone fruit.
Rougiers Les Restanques Vertes 2020 from Vignerons de la St Baume was another Silver medal winner, scoring 92/100pts. A 60:30:10 blend of Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino, the wine delivered ‘radiant’ aromas of nectarines, basil and blood oranges, and was hailed by the IWSC judges as ‘refreshingly elegant with poise and length’.
Finally, Gassier Domaine La Chautarde 2020 (91/100pts) offered ‘mouth-watering’ notes of grapefruit peel and crisp red berries, with a delicate floral nose.
This trio of IWSC award-winners all typify the floral, fruity style of Provence rosé. All three, along with every other Provence rosé entered into this year’s IWSC, were tasted blind by an expert panel led by John Hoskins MW. He was assisted by Master Sommeliers Nicolas Clerc, Stefan Neumann and Isa Bal, along with David Round MW, Julie Dupouy and Wieteke Teppema.
If you’ve yet to discover the delights of Provence rosé, the following selection should convince you. Here is our pick of the best Provence rosés from this year’s IWSC.
Six top Provence rosé wines from the IWSC
- Château Saint-Maur Saint M Rosé 2020; Côtes De Provence
- Vignerons de la St Baume – Rougiers Les Restanques Vertes 2020; Coteaux Varois
- Gassier Domaine La Chautarde 2020; Coteaux Varois
- Famille Sumeire Château Coussin César à Sumeire 2020; Côtes De Provence Sainte-Victoire
- Château Routas Routas 2020; Coteaux Varois
- Château La Gordonne Vérité du Terroir 2020; Côtes De Provence
HOW DO WE JUDGE THESE WINES?
We run a tightly structured, rigorous wine tasting process. That means that each wine sample is pre-poured into numbered glasses and assessed blindly by the judges. Most importantly, our IWSC wine judges are experts in their field, who work across all sectors of the wine industry. For evidence, see our full list of judges.
HOW DO WE SCORE THESE WINES?
Only the best wines sampled receive a Gold or Silver award. For example, to win Gold, wines have to score between 95 and 100 points. Meanwhile, Silver wines range from 90 to 94 points. Click here to read more on our scoring system.
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