France has a label of the country that is producing good wines and different regions are known for different wines. However, the southern part is extremely blessed with the perfect climate conditions to grow the finest grapes for the finest wines. There are many great fresh white and rich, full-bodied red wines from this region. However, the Provence winemakers are mostly famous for their rose wines that are light, full of flavors, and dizzy as hot nights under the sky of Provence.
The typical hot weather, enough rain and well-drained soil make the perfect conditions to cultivate all kinds of grapes in this region. To make full-bodied, dry, and acidic white wine, the grapes of Ugni Blanc are the best as they give an authentic smell and flavor. The main kinds for fragrant, fruity, fresh, and light white wines are Rolle, Clairette, and Semillon. These kinds of white grapes are also familiar in Italy and used for some Italian wines.However, the kinds of red grapes are the most popular. For light and fruity red wines, the grapes of Shiraz or Grenache are used; wines made from grapes of Cinsault usually are rich, sweet, taste like a desert, and can be accompanied with sweet cheeses or fresh and sweet fruits such as melons, peaches, or apricots. The kinds of Tibouren and Mourvedre are used to make dry, rich, deep wines that have their own character and structure. The specific flavor of Carignan grapes has a hint to red berries with a little acid, as a result, these grapes are used to blend wines to get the famous rose of Provence.
All brands of Provence wines have their own features and flavors, that is why the wine tasting here is a unique experience every time and allows you to discover something new or unexpected. However, you can expect a gentle, smooth texture and fruity, light, aromatic taste from the white Provence wines. The red wines are young, a little acidic, dry, but very fresh and have a fruity taste and they smell like a field of different flowers. Of course, the highlight of the region is different kinds of rose wines that can be distinguished by their pale pink color. These wines are very fresh, fruity, aromatic, and light. These wines are simple and do not have a strict structure. Usually, they contain less percentage of alcohol, so it is common to drink rose with a few cubes of ice to make it even lighter.
Famous Rose Wines
Honestly, it would be impossible to count how many kinds of rose wine are produced in Provence, but here are the top-scored brands that would be worth to try. The famous and recognizable brand is Mas de Cadenet. They are producing rose wine from organic grapes and wine can be distinguished by its lemon flavor. Another great choice would be Château Sainte Marguerite. This wine-yard produces the perfect light wine with a little hint of strawberries and raspberries that could be accompanied by a tiny slice of lemon to feel the whole bouquet of tastes. The most expensive choice would La Patience Rosé made in 2017 by Château Vannières. This rose is spicier and less fruity as it was aged in wooden barrels.