Five Wines to Make your Christmas Rosé

Peter Morrell takes a look at Rosé Wines from Provence for the festival season and likes what he sees and tastes

Don’t confine the seductive pale pink hues of Vins de Provence Rosé to your fading summer memories alone. The versatility of these glorious wines transcends the seasons, meaning they’re also the perfect companion to the Christmas period.

Vins de Provence Rosé spans the whole spectrum of styles, from fruitiness and boldness to acidity and freshness; these wines are equally capable of standing up to the robust flavours of a rich Christmas feast as they are elegantly complimenting festive canapés and lighter dishes.

Grown in the three main appellations of sunny Provence, Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence, there’s a bottle of rosé to suit all tastes and styles this Christmas.

Need we convince you further? Here are five reasons we recommend Vins de Provence Rosé for the festive season:

1. It pairs sublimely with turkey and other Christmas food

Unlike a traditional heavily-oaked red wine, which can mask the more delicate flavours of your Christmas meal, a Vins de Provence Rosé is the perfect complement to richer dishes without overpowering subtle ones. Adorn your table with pink this year for an elegant and modern twist on Christmas.

Try: Cuvée Alexandre, Château Beaulieu, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, 2018 RRP £14.40 from The Drink Shop

Brilliantly salmon pink in colour, this wine treats the palate to redcurrant and wild strawberry flavours aplomb, finishing with deep delicious notes of white peach and pear. A wonderful accompaniment to meals en famille!

2. It’s always party ready

Beautiful bottles and stand out labels make Vins de Provence Rosé the perfect Christmas party companion, keeping conversation and dancing flowing into the early hours with elegance and style.

Try: Charmeur, Château Sainte Croix, Côtes de Provence, 2018 RRP £13.68 from Private Cellar

As its name suggests, this wine charms the palate with a gorgeous blend of creamy, leafy red fruits and a lovely backbone of freshness. Finely balanced and smooth, it’s a real party favourite.

Peter Morrell, Editor comments “I’ve recently been drinking the Chateau Sainte Croix and it is a delicious wine. There are strong floral aromas in the bouquet with hints of strawberry. The floral notes continue on the palate and are joined by the more pronounced fruit flavours of summer fruits. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good body. The smoothness and well balanced acidity make the wine ideal for drinking on its own or paired with Asian food.”

3. It makes a lovely gift

From lighter and drier styles to more fruity variations, there’s a Vins de Provence Rosé to suit every palate and budget. Share the love with your nearest and dearest this Christmas by gifting one of these stylish bottles.

Try: Love by Léoube, Côtes de Provence, 2018 RRP £14.99 from Daylesford

Attractive fruit flavours of strawberry and white peach give this pale pink wine a punch! Perfect for pairing with Christmas canapés or equally delicious on its own.

4. It’s a wonderfully light after-dinner drink

After a sumptuous Christmas meal, what better way to rest and digest than with a glass of something lighter? Vins de Provence Rosé is the ultimate compliment to those lazy Christmas afternoons and family games by the fireside.

Try: L’Excellence, Château Saint-Maur, Côtes de Provence, 2018, RRP £17.84 from Premiers Grands Crus

Fine floral notes and hints of white stone fruits on the palate reach a satisfying crisp and minerally finish. Just the light relief you need after hectic family gatherings.

5. It delights throughout the festive season

Rosé will adapt seamlessly to whatever you’re serving this Christmas. Smoked salmon blinis match perfectly with drier styles, which cut through oily fish dishes perfectly. Or if you’re having gravy and heavier sides, a slightly fuller bodied Vins de Provence Rosé will stand up to the richness without complaint.

Try: Mascaronne Quat’Saisons, Côtes de Provence, 2018, RRP £18.99 from Hard to Find Wines

Bursting with flavours of lemon and peach, this is a fantastic Rosé to pair with your centrepiece, be it turkey, fish, gammon or vegetarian!

Winemakers in Provence have cultivated their passion for crafting classic rosé wines for generations, and the region is now globally recognised as the true home of rosé. From the Mediterranean coast to the foothills of the Alps, and from Aix-en-Provence to Nice’s illustrious Riviera, Provence’s beautiful vineyards stretch across approximately 120 miles. 2018 saw 149 million bottles of AOP wines produced, 90% of which are rosé, 6% are red, and 4% white wine. The main grape varieties are Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren and Mourvèdre.

About Provence Wines

Known in France as the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence, Provence Wines is an organization representing 486 private cellars, 63 cooperative cellars and a hundred trading companies from the three main appellations of Provence: Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence.

Its mission is to promote the wines of the region’s primary appellations. The organization’s members together produce 96% of Provence’s Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) wines.

More information can be found at https:/www.vinsdeprovence.com/en and on social media at www.facebook.com/provencewinesuk, @provencewinesuk on Twitter or @VinsdeProvenceUK on Instagram.

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