There’s nothing like a chilled rosé to drink with the salads and light dishes I enjoy during summer. The well-defined fruit and dry, spice- and mineral-tinged profiles of these wines—particularly the versions from southern France’s Provence region—match well with a salade Niçoise, summer bean salad or charcuterie plate.
A week ago, I prepared insalata caprese with some fresh buffalo milk mozzarella and opened a Château de Pourçieux Côtes de Provence Rosé 2009. A light salmon pink, the wine evoked aromas of watermelon and spices. It was ripe and round on the palate, dry, with strawberry and watermelon flavors, though it lacked a little zip on the finish. I rated it 87 points, non-blind.
The rosé was juicy enough to offset the richness of the cheese, while its spice and dry profile kept it from getting lost in the green bite of the basil.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Château de Pourcieux Côtes de Provence Rosé 2009 (88, $15).
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