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Rosé - true or false?

Perhaps one of the nation's favourite summery drinks, Rosé is refreshing, light and goes well with all our favourite summer foods. But what IS Rosé, and more importantly, what ISN'T it?

By Philip Mc Nee
2018/06/18, 04:48 PM

We're here to untangle some of the myths surrounding Rosé


1. Rosé is a blend of red & white wine


Okay, so this one is both true AND false! Making rosé by blending both red and white wine to get a pink wine might be frowned upon, and is strictly forbidden in France... Yet, 15% of the world's rosés are produced this way (we'd recommend steering clear of these!)


2. The pinker the better


Being a strong pink colour doesn't guarantee quality, it does however provide some clues as to the method of production and of the origin. Rosé wines can be many colours, but pink is definitely the trendiest. Here is a chart that lists the various colours of rosé in Provence. The Petit Ours (the little bear), a very popular rosé with our subscribers, is somewhere between a peach and a melon-like colour.


3. All rosés are alike


False again! Rosé wine can vary greatly depending on where they come from & the style of the winemaker. There are light pink, fruity, very fine rosés, very young and served as part of an aperitif, and then there are rosés with a little more structure that can be served with a meal.


4. There are no good rosés


Rosé is still considered by some "the garbage red grapes." But when a winemaker goes to the trouble of making rosé from scratch, from growing the grapes to bottling the stuff, the results can be extraordinary. This is the case with the Grizzly, from the Clos de Ours domain.

5. Rosé guarantees a hangover


Obviously, if you’re mixing your drinks and one of said drinks is rosé it's quite possible! But if you buy any wine and drink it to excess you’ll wake up in a pretty bad state, no? However, sometimes winemakers compensate for the lack of tannins in rosé by adding sulphates, which means they can conserve the quality of the taste of their wine, but could explain the headache in the morning.


6. Rosé is just cheap wine


It is wrong to think that rosé is cheap compared to a red or white, or that it’s produced because producing red or white wine is more expensive. Rosé wine requires real expertise for its development. Here’s what Jean-Michel says: "I often judge a domain by the quality of its rosé. If it’s done well, I have no doubt about the quality of the rest of the wine."


7. Rosé is worse than red or white


It is the second most consumed wine in France! Mixing tastes and colours like nothing else, rosé seduces all wine lovers from all four corners of the globe.


8. Rosé does not keep long


Rosé should be drank within 2 years of production, except in some cases, such as the Bandol that can keep for up to 5 years.


9. You must add ice to rosé


Unless it’s very hot, don’t add ice! It should be savored at 10° if it’s a powerful rosé with a higher percentage of alcohol, and 12° for lighter rosés.


10. Rosé is not a fad


In the beginning it all started with white and pink. Red wine is actually much more recent. The rosé winemaking technique has existed since 3000 BC and some ancient wines bear similarities in how they were developed to how rosé is developed today.



If your rose is not fresh, do not hesitate to use ice cubes, but not crushed ice. Buy grapes and put them in the freezer. Once frozen, add them to the wine and unlike ice, they won’t dilute the wine.



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