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franceinfo conso.  How (good) to choose your rosé wine this summer?

Remember: it is to be consumed in moderation. Still, in stores, on the wine shelves, consumers have to choose between several French regions, an avalanche of brands and a wide price range.

For lovers of dry rosés, it will be a question of choosing between a Côte-de-Provence, a Bandol, a Tavel or even a rosé Bordeaux. We asked a panel of professionals to rate around forty bottles from these four appellations. On the Côtes-de-Provence side, it is the terroir of Grenache and Cinsaut, which give pale, dry and aromatic rosés, to be drunk young. Their quality is very heterogeneous: out of the twelve references tested, that of the Castel property (Château Cavalier) comes first in this appellation and for an affordable price of €7.60. The so-called “premium” cuvées are also satisfactory. On the other hand, private labels are doing only moderately.

Should other appellations be preferred? Yes, because they are worth tasting, especially the Tavel which our experts really liked. We are dealing with rosés with character, rich in alcohol, dark in color and which can be kept for several years. Almost all private label Tavels are doing very well this time around. And their selling price remains correct, around €7.65.

Bandol should also be tried: in this family too, private labels obtain good results. These bottles are sold at 9€ on average. Overall, these wines were appreciated for their character and their sunny side. What’s more, these fairly dark rosés tend to improve over time.

On the other hand, the rosés of Bordeaux are disappointing: they are clear and fruity wines, produced mainly with the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties, but which have proved to be of very average quality, in particular those of private labels. The only bottle in our test to pass the ramp is an organic wine.




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