The Provence region of France is perhaps the most popular source for rosé wines in the world. Today we sample three that draw from different vineyards and have different grape breakdowns. Let’s see how they compare.
2020 Berne Romance – 40% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 15% Syrah, 15% Merlot. Pale pink in color, this rosé offers very light notes of sweet strawberry and peach on the nose, almost like gummy bears. Interestingly, the peach disappears on the palate, which is all ripe strawberries, and the palate is bolder than the nose suggests. With just a single dominant flavor, the wine is a bit one dimensional, but it’s an enjoyable dimension; wine doesn’t have to be complex to be good. With medium acidity and a fairly long finish as the flavors disappear, this is a really nice and affordable rosé that should be a crowd pleaser. B+ / $15
2020 Berne Inspiration Château de Berne – 50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 20% Syrah. This is a classic Provencal rosé. It pours bright pink in the glass with a touch of orange. The nose shows peach and berries along with some floral notes. On the palate, the wine is dry but creamy and fruity, predominantly showing strawberry notes. It has good acidity and a medium finish that introduces some minerality. Altogether a solid and enjoyable example of the style. B+ / $20
2020 Ultimate Provence UP – 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault, 10% Rolle. Bright salmon colored in the glass, this is the most expensive wine of the three wines. While it has the impressive name “Ultimate,” I found it to be the least exciting of this trio. Strawberry, peach, and a bit of raspberry show on the nose along with a bit of a gummy candy note. The palate follows suit and includes some minerality and medium acidity. It’s enjoyable, but it doesn’t really have much to recommend it over many other fine Provencal wines at lower prices. B / $22