16 Top-Rated Provence Rosés

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It’s been a great year for Provence rosé. The producers in the sunny south of France want us all to know that, just in case the bad stories coming out of Bordeaux about 2013 are spoiling the party.

And Provence rosé is the party drink for summer. It’s become the go-to rosé wine, with sales in the U.S. rocketing. In fact, outside France, we are the number one consumer of these lightly colored, so fresh and fruity, bone-dry rosés. Many people buy rosés based on their color, and these wines, with their pale salmon hue, are undeniably attractive.

There are more selections available in the U.S. than ever before. Producers are making special cuvées for their importers, or making second wines, or launching prestige cuvées, and they are even bottling them in a wide array of bottles. There are square bottles (think gin bottles), fat and round bottles, bottles shaped like amphoras, even a few classic Provence skittle bottles. So it’s not just the taste that’s important with Provence rosé, it’s the look as well.

Surprisingly versatile, these rosés can be drunk as an apéritif (and there are plenty with only 12.5% alcohol) or they can go with an impressive array of food. The French believe that a rosé can go with any food, but in fact they are best with seafood—like lobster and fish—pork or chicken.

For your summer pleasure, I did a comprehensive tasting of the latest Provence rosé releases for this month’s Buying Guide, the majority from 2013, with more than 30 selections that earned 90 points or more. 

Although Provence takes center stage in this issue’s Buying Guide, we also review plenty of other selections that are perfect for summer, like stunning Southern Italian whites and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, among others. And, as always, be sure to check out our complete database, with thousands more reviews, at buyingguide.winemag.com.

Roger Voss

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