Happy Drink Wine Day!
It’s February 18th, which means it’s Drink Wine Day! To celebrate I’m thinking of warmer days and tasting some rosé. Today we have Bieler Père & Fils Sabine Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2019 and Natura Rosé 2020.
If you’re expecting a sweet rosé, go back to my post about rosé from last week to learn more. Neither of these wines are sweet and are great ones to try if that’s all you’ve had.
Let’s start with the Bieler Père & Fils Sabine Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2019. Provence, France is the Mecca of rosé, and this wine is a great sample to get you started. It features the classic Provence rosé blend of grenache (35%), syrah (33%), and cinsault (13%), with a touch of cab sauv (12%) and rolle (7%).
It smells like strawberries and cream, almost a still version of the Chandon Brut Rosé I had for Galentine’s. Some nice citrus and minerals round it out. Dry and fruity with high acid, it has a nice tart finish. This is one of my go-to rosés.
Next up is our Natura Rosé 2020 from Chile made with syrah, cab sauv, and merlot. It’s more of a pale pink compared to the Bieler and has a strong smell of cherry. It’s smooth with a lingering mineral taste, along with strawberry and ripe canteloupe. It’s fruity and off-dry with medium+ acid.
These 2 wines are fairly similar, but the Bieler had a more tart finish whereas the Natura had a stronger nose and smoother finish if you want something more mellow. Pick your poison!
Leave a comment with your thoughts on these wines, and let me know if your opinion of rosé has changed!