The 12 Best New Rosés to Drink All Summer 2021 and Beyond – Robb Report
It had been a long time since the old rosé marketing slogan, “Real men drink rose”, had made no sense. Well, yes of course they do. These days, the arguments go to the beauty of Pinot Noir as the base grape, or the superiority of a traditional Grenache blend; a preference for fruity rosés from the west coast or mineralized roses from Provence; and which Thanksgiving sides work best with rosé – because it’s really a year round drink now. However, aside from Thanksgiving, now is the time of year when the new “harvest” is launched, and we can’t resist the chance to take a serious interest in tasting, to spot the best new bottles.
Paul Chevalier also takes rosé seriously. As vice-president of Château d’Esclans, Chevalier is the rose champion who undoubtedly started the movement 15 years ago: Whispering Angel, which has become the number one seller of rosés in the United States. And under the winegrower hand of visionary rosé Sacha Lichine, Château d’Esclans has enriched its portfolio of roses – with Rock Angel, Château d’Esclans, Les Clans and finally Garrus, the first rosé in the world to break $ 100.
Chevalier attributes the early success of Whispering Angel, and the rebirth of rosé it inspired, to its inclusive and straightforward style: “extremely fruity and drinkable, but dry and very satisfying” – not to mention its vibrant color. But Lachine, with the help of the “French flying winegrower” Patrick Léon, did not stop at this success. They introduced innovative winemaking techniques and invested in technology, says Chevalier, “which ultimately led to vast improvements in quality and enabled the creation of high-end rosé vintages, which are mind-blowing wines. Are they worth the triple-digit price bracket? “If rosé champagne deserves its luxury status,” he said, “then why not a wine like Garrus, for example, dubbed“ the greatest rosé in the world ”by wine critics?”
On the question of Provence against the United States, Chevalier is without excuse. “Whispering Angel has set the bar as today’s global benchmark for Provence rosé,” he says. “The region has the perfect climate, rocky hillside vineyards rich in clay and limestone, and the right grape variety [that would be Grenache]—Essential components contributing to the pale, dry and crunchy characteristics of our rosés. If their Californian counterparts match? We let you be the judge of that, with these beauties on both sides of the pond.
Arcudi 2020 Terramagra Rosé Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
This Pinot Noir rosé from Arcudi offers an entire rose garden on the nose, with layers of watermelon, strawberry and grapefruit unfolding below. Pungent and textured, with satisfying weight, the palate is rich in red raspberries. It’s a complex rosé – fresh but also lush and long.
Buy Now: $ 35
Benovia 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé Russian River Valley
The honeysuckle and strawberry nose of this charming pinot rosé from Benovia is balanced with a slight salinity and an earthy side. This one is dry and refreshing, with flavors of red fruit all the way to cranberry accompanied by a peach skin, a hint of guava and tangy grapefruit. The good weight, texture and depth of fermentation in older oak barrels are balanced by crisp acidity, keeping the wine crisp.
Buy Now: $ 32
Château d’Esclans 2019 Les Clans Côtes de Provence ($ 75)
This impressive rosé from the Esclans range gains weight, texture and mouthfeel in large oak barrels. Open exotic tropical floral aromas, with layered spicy undertones of juicy melon and guava. Full-bodied, rich and intense, the palate is a complex blend of grapefruit, clementine, ripe peach, tropical fruits and crushed stone, crisp of tension and lingering on an endless finish.
Buy Now: $ 61
Château Minuty 2020 281 Rosé Côtes de Provence
Made from a single parcel of old Grenache, Minuty’s latest “281” is a rare treat. The flowers of a warm August night mingle with complex aromas of peach, apricot, guava and citrus. Cranberry flavors and tangy citrus zest come with nice tension and texture on a concentrated palate, sliding into delicious minerality at the end.
Buy Now: $ 80
Blue Oak 2020 Le Rosé Vaucluse
Grenache leads in this richly textured rose of the Eternal Blue Oak favorite (which lasts with a little oak aging). Exuberant blooms swirl from the glass, with watermelon and fuzzy stone fruit coming together. Pretty red fruit flavors are enhanced by wrinkled citrus zest and pebbly undertones, with lingering orange on the finish. This is precisely what we all imagine on this southern French cafe table under the summer sun.
Buy Now: $ 35
Donum 2020 Rosé de Pinot Noir Carneros
The aromas on the nose of this Donum open on a beautiful trifecta of flowers, minerals and fruits. The spicy honeysuckle sinks into wild strawberries, watermelon and nectarine, underlined by an oyster shell. The mouth almost bursts with liveliness; grapefruit and lime zest counterpoint to red berries and peaches, orange zest tapering off on the finish. The wine is classically dry and refreshing but generous.
Buy Now: $ 50
Dutton-Goldfield 2020 Rosé de Pinot Noir Côte Nord
This pale salmon beauty from Dutton-Goldfield offers aromas of red berries, peaches and brilliant honeysuckle-scented clementine. There’s a good balance between richness and brightness here, with juicy flavors of watermelon, cherry, strawberry and citrus patty delivered with an intriguing texture. The latter could be the product of an old-fashioned foot to foot!
Buy Now: $ 30
Gérard Bertrand 2019 Clos du Temple Languedoc Cabrières
It’s safe to say that Gérard Bertrand’s Clos du Temple is now the most exclusive rosé in the world and is absolutely delightful. Vines with 80 years of memory and 6 to 8 months in new French oak give this rose great depth, concentration, complexity and texture, yet the wine is fresh. Scented with flowers and earth, the nose reveals notes of wild strawberries, stone fruits, melon and minerals, followed on the palate by white peach and pink grapefruit, which evolves into a long, flavorful finish offering just a hint. of salinity.
Buy Now: $ 146
Hartford Court 2020 Pinot Noir Rosé Russian River Valley
Dusty rose marks the nose on this pale beauty from Sonoma’s Hartford Family Winery, with wild strawberry joining the scent. This one is dry and refreshing but generous, its red fruits ranging from raspberry to cranberry, ripe peach, grapefruit and tangerine zest all underlined by minerality.
Buy Now: $ 30
Le Clos Peyrassol 2020 Côtes de Provence
No collection of the great rosés of the world would be complete without the latest from the Commanderie de Peyrassol, an estate founded in the 13e century by the Templars. The 2020 opens with a very delicate nose, with hints of flowers, red fruits, fresh peach and wet stones. A lovely palate follows, full of stone fruit balanced with tangy grapefruit and lime. It is a rosé full of elegance and generosity.
Buy Now: $ 49
Sullivan Rutherford Estate 2020 Rosé Rutherford, Napa Valley
Spicy florals emerge on the nose of this attractive Sullivan rose, with aromas of clementine and subtle red berries. The palate is refreshing and dry, with nice textures. The spice theme continues, seasoning a range of citrus, more red fruit notes and a touch of orange zest on a luminous finish.
Buy Now: $ 40
Tablas Creek Vineyard 2020 Patelin de Tablas Rosé Paso Robles
This pale, Provencal blend of Tablas Creek (Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise) is dry and appetizing. Strawberries with a little dust still clinging to the nose, covered in stone fruit, spices, pale tropical flowers and wet stones. Lively and intense, the palate is focused on citrus, with flavors of grapefruit, lime and orange widening towards flavors of red fruits and white peach, with just a touch of salinity on the finish.
Buy Now: $ 26