Five reasons why Provence rosé is like Champagne

After having spent a few days in Provence, I’m beginning to think that there are some important parallels between Provence and Champagne. Let me try to explain.

First, both are strong regional brands. Champagne is instantly recognizable. People know what to expect when they buy a bottle of Champagne. There are no nasty surprises, and generally [...]

Making Provence rosé

A modern winery adapted for making rosé, at Château de Berne

Rosé is a technical wine. This past few days I’ve been quizzing winemakers on just how they go about making it. Here’s a short introduction to making rosé wines, and how the winemaking decisions have implications for the final flavour.

Reception area for machine-harvested [...]

In Provence, getting to grips with rosé

A quick post from the road. For the last few days I have been in Provence, trying to understand more about rosé. The popular conception about rosé is that it’s not a serious wine. It’s all about marketing, people say.

Jean-Francois Ott of Domaines Ott

To a degree, Provence rosé is a tremendous wine marketing success [...]

Provence Rosé: 24 leading examples tasted

I’m quite a fan of Provence rosé, which is one of the wine world’s big success stories. Quality has improved, and although it’s rare to find an example that stops you in your tracks – it’s not a geek wine – there’s a real consistency to these wines. They are context wines, and in the [...]

A response to Jon Bonné’s article on Provence rosé

Well respected US author John Bonné has just written an article on Provence rosé for Punch. He’s a clever writer, and understands how to construct an article, but I felt on this occasion he’d just got it very wrong. So I thought I’d write a response.

According to Bonné, the success of Provence rosé is a [...]

More great rosé, this time a pair from Château d'Esclans

Following on from my glowing review of the Gassier 946 rosé, here are a couple more Provence examples worthy of serious attention. They are from super-ambitious Château d’Esclans, who make the world’s most expensive rosé, and probably the second most expensive, too. These new releases from them are quite lovely. Is it time to start [...]

Gassier 946: an amazing fine rosé

Rosé is a very exciting category at the moment, and Provence is the world’s premier region for this increasingly popular wine style. Sometimes, though, it is hard to really get excited about rosé. It’s a style that’s easy to enjoy, for sure, especially in the right situation. But it doesn’t get wine geeks buzzing. I [...]

A great lunch with Clos des Goisses, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou and others

Occasionally it is good to have a treat. So on Sunday, brother-in-law Beavington and I hatched a plan. He was sans famille, with my father staying. So why not invite me over for lunch? My father isn’t drinking at the moment, and without the usual hordes it was safe to bring some good stuff out [...]

Video: epic blind rose tasting

The sun was shining yesterday on our family gathering, so it was a great chance to do a blind rose tasting, looking at Provence rose ranging in price from £8 to £80 a bottle. How did we get on? Watch the video.

Time for some Provence rose

So we skipped straight from winter into summer. Here in the UK, spring was a no-show. It got bumped.

For the last two days we’ve been enjoying temperatures in the high 20s. Very nice.

It’s time to get out the rose. Pink wines are a bit of a strange category for wine geeks. They are what I [...]