20 French Rosés

New reviews of easy-drinking rosés from the Rhône Valley’s Tavel region as well as Provence and Languedoc

James Molesworth

Posted: April 23, 2010

It’s been a tough winter, but spring is finally here. And that means it’s rosé time.

Some of the best dry rosés come from southern France, stretching from the Rhône through Provence and the Languedoc.

CHÂTEAU DE LANCYRE
Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé Pic St.-Loup 2009
(89 points, $20)

Elegant rose, with a rich allure to the dark cherry, plum and Asian spice flavors. Lush finish is filled with loads of cream that are balanced by minerally notes. Drink now through 2013. -K.M.

COMMANDERIE DE LA BARGEMONE
Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2009
(88 points, $18)

Creamy aroma, with concentrated glazed ginger and dried cherry flavors that are accented by some smoky notes. Powerful finish of dried currant and spice. Drink now. -K.M.