16 Top-Rated Provence Rosés
92 Château d’Esclans 2012 Garrus Rosé (Côtes de Provence). This full-bodied wine pushes the concept of rosé to its limits. Wood-aged and rich, it conveys a sense of structure, mature fruit and delicious toastiness. It has already been aged an extra year, but would benefit from cellaring even longer, so wait until 2015. Shaw-Ross International Importers.—R.V.
abv: 14% Price: $100
92 Château Sainte Marguerite 2013 Cru Classé Grande Réserve Rosé (Côtes de Provence). The palest of grey-pink rosés, this is classy, fresh and fragrant. It has a light, orange-zest texture as well as tannins and a mineral edge. Very fresh, it is also worth aging a few months. Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. Editors’ Choice. —R.V.
abv: 12.5% Price: $29
92 Estandon 2012 Estandon Légende Rosé (Côtes de Provence). After an extra year’s aging, this wine’s richness is very apparent. It may have lost immediate freshness but it has gained in ripe fruits, in texture and in depth. It’s a complex wine worth pairing with food. Southern Wine and Spirits. Editors’ Choice. —R.V.
abv: 13% Price: $23
91 Château d’Esclans 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence). The estate wine from Sacha Lichine’s Château d’Esclans discloses deeper color than some rosés from Provence. It has a ripe feel, smooth red fruits and a touch of toastiness. Full-bodied and dry, it is definitely a food rosé, and best left until late 2014 before drinking. Shaw-Ross International Importers. —R.V.
abv: 13.5% Price: $35
91 Château du Galoupet 2013 Rosé (Côtes de Provence). From one of the classed growths of Provence, this wine is intense with ripe fruits. Red plum, red currant and berry fruit flavors go with a steely, nervy texture that needs to age. Drink from the end of 2014. DB Wine Selection. Editors’ Choice. —R.V.
abv: 13% Price: $22