The rosés of summer 2022, first chapter

Different colors, more or less pale, more or less currant; diversity is a must in the rosé family. A diversity that can also be found in the bottles: Bordeaux, simple or revisited Burgundy, fancy bottles (difficult to put away for wine merchants), sober and chic labels, eye-catching decorations, everything is now possible in wine marketing.

We will begin this detailed review with an AOC Côtes de Provence from the La Navicelle estate. A wine certified organic since 2014 and which has benefited since 2019 from a total questioning of production and harvesting until vinification by Romain Magnanou, the farm manager.

For his 2021 vintage, he sought the freshness and minerality that had already been found since 2019. Made from a blend of Grenache (45%), Tibouren (35%) and Mourvèdre (20%), La Navicelle 2021 is a gourmet wine whose slightly salmon color is particularly flattering.

The delicate nose reveals aromas of peaches and orange blossom. On the palate, its saline minerality announces summer pairings such as grilled fish, lamb chops or cold and spicy dishes. Domaine La Navicelle, €16 at wine merchants.

Let’s stay in Provence with Château Maïme Heritage 2021. A Côte de Provence AOP which is one of the best estates in this region. In the hands of the same owners since 1996, Château Maïme benefits from regular investments such as this wine cellar which is equipped with temperature-controlled vats. A definite advantage when receiving the harvest.

Under the leadership of Jean-Louis Sibran, who is the estate’s oenologist, Maïme’s wines will benefit from the HVE (high environmental value) classification. Grenache (45%), cinsault (45%) and syrah (10%) make up this rosé which is distinguished by its freshness and finesse.

Resulting from a careful elaboration, the harvest is carried out at night in order to preserve the freshness of the grapes as much as possible, this 2021 vintage is a success which will satisfy lovers of pretty rosés.

With a very pale color that barely tints the glass, Chäteau Maïmé gives off a mouthfeel of red berries and citrus. This 2021 Heritage will be perfect for an evening around grilled meats, raw fish or in a strawberry salad. On sale at wine merchants or online for €16.80.

Provence again with this Claire 2021 cuvée from the La Madrague estate. A rosé which revolves around four grape varieties: grenache (65%), syrah (10%) and cinsault (25%) and which is sold for €17.90. An AOC which benefits from the organic wine label.

A salmon color highlighted by a diamond-engraved bottle and a sober black label. A wine to drink chilled that will go perfectly with grilled prawns and a few tapas at sunset.

With the Esprit Gassier, the festive spirit of holidays in the sun comes out immediately. A bottle cheerfully decorated with a screen print representing a setting sun on a dreamy sea, the Esprit Gassier is a rosé for friends.

An AOP Côtes de Provence which presents each year an episode of a “journey to Provence”. We are now at the 7th Instant. A rosé which is a blend of grenache (43%), cinsault (31%), syrah (20%) and a residual part of rolle and cabernet sauvignon.

A clear color and a citrus mouth are the characteristics of this Côtes de Provence. For the aperitif around a barbecue of spicy skewers. The Esprit Gassier is sold for €12.60 at wine merchants and in the online store.

We will end this first chapter of summer rosés with a pretty bottle from the southwest and the Catalan country. Le Petit Balthazar is one of those friendly wines that have given up nothing to quality; it is also the wine of a man who likes good products.

This man, Pierrick Harang is an oenologist for whom: “my wines must give me emotions while being accessible”. A successful bet since this Petit Balthazar is available in wine shops at around 6 euros. This rosé is part of a range all HVE certified and from Terra Vitis agriculture.

This Balthazar range includes four collections: the Petit Balthazar, the Cuvée Balthazar, the Bio Balthazar and the Grand Balthazar. For his rosé, Pierrick Harang chose cinsault. A grape variety that favors the freshness and lightness of the wine.

Light in alcohol, 11%, this rosé is a real pleasure wine that has benefited from careful aging with low-temperature storage. A pale pink color that suggests lightness, a nose of red fruits, a fresh and fruity palate, Petit Balthazar is the perfect rosé for aperitifs and to accompany grilled octopus and prawns.

Also perfect to put in a strawberry salad. Perfect value for money. Le Petit Balthazar 2021, €6 at wine merchants.

Joel Chassaing-Cuvillier

The rosés of summer 2022, first chapter