Remember the old TV show Password?
Rosé season is here. Well at least the first half of Rosé season is here. In Texas, we have a split season for Rosé just like we have a split season for dove hunting. Our Rosé season runs from about Memorial Day until mid July when it gets stupid-hot and everyone goes either inside or away until mid-late September when the season resumes and runs through Thanksgiving.
When I think of Rosé, the first place I think of is Provence. This Bargemone Rosé is a consistent winner of a Provence Rosé that I have drunk every year for at least the last 20 years. And it just keeps getting better.
Owned by Christian and Marina Garin since 2006, Commanderie de Bargemone is a former Knights Templar barrack originally converted to a fine wine estate by the Bargemone family and later revived and restored by French industrialist (do any little boys grow up saying “I want to be an industrialist?) Jean-Pierre Rozan. It seems that quality has improved with each transition. The current owners have continued the property’s tradition of sustainable farming and good winemaking so the good scores and recommendations just keep on coming. It’s not new and it’s not snazzy and the label is, well, a bit frumpy – but the wine is quite good and that’s all that should really matter.
Commanderie de la BARGEMONE Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, 2013 ($13.99)
Tech: A 12.5% alcohol classic Provence Rosé blended from 30% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Carignan, and 6% white varietals including Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ugni Blanc given a short skin contact before pressing and a 10 day, 57° white-wine-style fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with no malo-lactic fermentation and no oak exposure. Sensory: Offers fresh red cherry-berry fruit with notes of citrus and mineral. Lively and refreshing with a crisp balance and fine length. Finishes clean and dry. Excellent with steak tartar or beef carpaccio, rich seafood dishes (Gumbo, Crawfish Étouffée, etc.) and classic with Bouillabasse. Or enjoy it with a summer afternoon picnic. BS: 90.
There is little else that says summer to me like a lovely dry French Rosé.
– Sheri Sauter Morano, MW
As of 2007, sales of Rosé wines surpassed those of white wines within France. – The Wine Enthusiast