Wonderful French Rose wine

Jul 17th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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Wonderful French Rose wine

I do love the cool, crisp French rose wine in the summertime---not the sweet white zinfandel that is served in most US restaurants, but the dry, crisp ones so popular in the south of France.

So far I have found "Red Bicyclette" from the Langduedoc-Roussillon region. Any other suggestions that are readily available in the US?
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Jul 17th, 2010, 06:43 PM
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There is an article on French rose wines in the August issue of Bon Appetit that just arrived in the mail. I like the Rhones very much but this article provides a number of additional recommendations.
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Jul 17th, 2010, 06:46 PM
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Commanderie de Peyrassol is a favorite of mine. Luckily good rose wine is much more available in the U.S. ( at least in NYC) than it used to be. The NY Times had a list of their recommended rose's in the "dining section" a few weeks ago. You can still get it on line.
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Jul 17th, 2010, 10:09 PM
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Rosé finally pulled ahead of white wine in consumption in France in the last 2 years. 15% of the wine drunk in France is now rosé, compared to 10% for white wine.
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Jul 17th, 2010, 11:19 PM
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Try Clos du Bois rosé. It is dry like French rosés. Many higher quality wineries offer other rosés than white zinfandel. Bonny Doon used to have a decent one that was called Pink Wine.
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Jul 18th, 2010, 04:51 AM
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This is one of our "house" wines in the summer; very well priced (around $10 a bottle in the NY area) and fairly easy to find; where do you live?


http://www.chateau-de-pourcieux.com/uk/rose.html


These are always reliable, at a higher (some say too high) price point:

http://www.domaines-ott.com/en/homepage/index.php
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Jul 18th, 2010, 07:28 AM
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Trader Joe's sells Le Ferme Julien when they can keep it in stock for ~$5-6 per bottle. It is one of our house wines, and thje only disadvantage is that everybody guzzles it down like crazy.
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Jul 18th, 2010, 08:34 AM
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Lancer's is a fizzy rose that is nice. and the bottle is great.
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Jul 18th, 2010, 08:54 AM
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My Favorite is Bandol's Domaine Tempier but One A rarely buy because it is expensive. I bought myself a bottle for the 4th.
Ferme Julian is a great buy. Unfortunately I don't drive so wait til someone I know can pick me up some. i've been drinking this summer, St Peyre from Languedoc amd Domaine Houchart from Provence, the vinyard is located at the bottom of Mt. Victoire near Aix.
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Jul 18th, 2010, 08:55 AM
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Ott is Tempier's competition
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Jul 18th, 2010, 09:09 AM
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We live in Wisconsin and it has been very hot this summer so the dry Rose is a big hit. I'm headed to the store today and will look for a few of the mentioned wines.
Merci!
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Jul 18th, 2010, 09:16 AM
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Listel Gris is quite good, but my favorite rosé is actually a Moroccan wine -- Boulaouane gris.
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Jul 18th, 2010, 03:17 PM
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If you wish to try something a bit different, try a Tavel from the region just west of the Rhone river, near Avignon. The predominant grapes used in Tavel are the Cinsault and Grenache. I think the best rose from Tavel I've ever had is Château de Manissey; absolutely fabulous!
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Jul 18th, 2010, 03:57 PM
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Never had a sip of Rose post college because sweet ain't my thing. Once I started drinking iced Rose in Avignon, I didn't stop for a week. As long as I can count on the tart taste, this will be my summer wine (and may even replace BEER!).
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Jul 18th, 2010, 06:00 PM
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The best of the best rose wines to be found anywhere in France and along the Rhone are found in Tavel and Lirac. These are wonderful and so inexpensive to buy when you are visiting in the area. Techincally, these areas are in the Gard area across the Rhone River from Avignon. There are co-ops offering tastings as well as small stores. Locals buy the wines in cubies(containers that look like gas cans) from tanks that look like gas tanks. Bottles of excellent local wines are very inexpensive. These two small villages are there to be explored, and if you are a rose lover, it is well worth your time. The wine stores are more than willing to let you taste almost anything in the store. Cheers.
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Jul 19th, 2010, 04:37 AM
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Nametaken makes an excellent point to further my endorsement of roses from the Rhone region. Both Tavel and Lirac are apellations that produce roses.. Lirac also produces white nd reds; the white being mostly of the Viogner and Marsanne grape varieties which are low yielding but produce excellent wines when the grapes are properly cultivated. I stayed in Tavel at Le Pont du Roy; a fabulous inn run by a father/son team. My bedroom had a view of vines right outside the window, rustling in the late September breezes at dusk and at dawn. Simply delightful...
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Jul 19th, 2010, 05:07 AM
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Yes, I'm in Avignon right now debating on whether I should get some, since I am driving the rental car back to Paris tomorrow. In bulk, the wines here cost less than 1€ per liter.
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Jul 19th, 2010, 06:02 AM
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For French roses, Tavel is the best known, and the Cotes du Rhone, generally, produces good quality roses. Guigal is a good label to look for when seeking out Rhone wines. Also, regarding Ott, they have a lower-priced label called something like Ott Selection.

In the Rhone style, but from the US would be Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare or something from Tablas Creek. The Paso Robles area, generally, would be a region to look for. The Big House wines have been sold off by Bonny Doon, but would likely still be a decent wine.

Heading further north, there are some decent roses from Oregon and from Washington. Chateau Ste Michelle has one and they are a quality producer at a fair price point. Also look for their blanc de noirs sparkler, which is as much a rose as a blanc de noirs.
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Jul 19th, 2010, 06:09 AM
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Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec 2008 - Argentinian. It's really lovely wine and costs about $13.00. We were drinking it in Santa Fe,NM where they had it at Whole Foods. Don't know, now that I'm back in NYC what it might cost, but probably not a whole lot more.
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Jul 19th, 2010, 06:15 AM
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Chateau Val Joanis has a decent rose. And for trivia buffs, the vineyard in French Kiss.
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