The rosé reveals different flavors and colors depending on its manufacture, its grape varieties, and its production region. In recent years, the trend has been lighter, which appears to be a guarantee of quality. What is it really ? the Berne Castle Explains how to recognize a good rosé wine, and how to choose it according to the season, the occasion, or the dishes that you serve.
Can we recognize a good rosé wine in its color?
Does the color of the wine reflect its quality? Will a lighter rosé wine be lighter or fruity, a darker more tannic? To find out, you have to understand where the color of rosé wine comes from.
140 shades of rosé
There are more than 140 different shades of rosés. Its manufacture, its origin, its climate, and its duration of maturation will impact this color. First, rosé comes from a production of black grapes with white pulp, with slightly purplish skin. These are the pigments contained in this skin that will partly give the color to the wine.
The production of rosé
Depending on the manufacture of wine and its vinification, this color varies:
- The bleeding rosé includes a maceration of the skins that lasts 24 hours. Then the tinted juice is released in the tank (bleed the tank). We then obtain a fairly dark, vinous rosé.
- The pressing rosé requires pressing the clusters after harvest, without maceration. We then obtain a lighter and lighter rosé.
The origin of the rosé
Depending on the origin of wine, the color also differs, impacted by the various climates and grape varieties. A southwest rosé wine will benefit from a more intense dress and more sustained aromas, while a rosé wine from Provence will enjoy a paler dress and cooler and fruity aromas.
According to the region of origin, rosé wine will therefore not have the same color:
Darker rosé wines are mainly produced in the Southwest, in the Bordeaux region; A little less in Languedoc-Roussillon, then the rosés are increasingly pale by going to Provence, passing through the Rhône valley and Corsica.
Drinking rosé according to his age?
If most pink wines drink young, it is not true for everyone. So don't stop year on the label!
Indeed, many rosés will be better after a year or two on duty, and some can even age a few more years
Thus, bleeding rosés, often darker, will be better after a year of guard, and can be consumed over two or three years (Bertrand link?). There are even long -standing, more macerated wines, which can age up to 10 years or more.
This type of rosés is aimed at experienced palates. At the table, these are very delicate wines, which will wonderfully accompany beautiful meat.
Find a good rosé wine depending on the occasion
Rosé wine is not the same according to its production region and its vineyard. Light, fruity, or tannic, they do not all lend themselves on the same occasions. Do you like matching a red or white wine with the dishes you serve? It is possible to do the same with rosé wine.
Which rosé to drink in summer?
The rosé is known as a refreshing drink, pleasant to drink in summer. If some rosés are indeed very fresh, others will be more structured, and therefore less recommended in case of hot weather. Favor a ribs of Provence or a rosé wine from a Corsican vineyard. Less tannic, they will be perfect in sunny days, provided they taste them fresh.
What rosé to serve as an aperitif?
As an aperitif, rosé wine is often unanimous. Accompanied by toasts and mits, a light rosé will delight your taste buds and those of your guests. You can then turn to a Côtes de Provence rosé, a Languedoc or a Cabernet-Sauvignon. Developed from grapes harvested early, they are less exposed to the sun, contain less sugar, which reduces the alcohol level.
Which rosé to choose for the meal?
Also appreciated during the meal, the rosé accompanies with finesse the meats and grills, the salads composed, the cheese ... and that even in winter. Here, opt for a more structured rosé wine such as a southwest rosé, because a low-tanned wine could seem a little light. However, prefer a more sweet wine for dessert, like a Cabernet-D’anjou for example.
What rosé for a particular opportunity?
For a family meeting or a particular opportunity, a large rosé wine will prove to be a very good companion. Opt for a pink guard wine, such as that of the Château des Bertrands, to celebrate the event: exotic notes, white flesh fruits, acidity, elegance are the watchwords.
You now know how to recognize a good rosé wine according to its color, but especially according to your tastes and the situation!