Pale rosé from Provence, Bordeaux and Sancerre emerge winners

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If you're looking for a good bottle of rosé to go into your picnic basket or to serve at your backyard summer barbecue, bypass the wines that beckon with deep rich pink hues and opt for bottles that hail from Provence, Bordeaux or the Sancerre region.

Because in a recently held blind tasting of blushing wines in London, Bordeaux and Sancerre rosés held their own against the wines from Provence, the traditional epicenter of pink wine-making in the southeast part of France.

Another finding out of the tasting: understated, pale-colored rosés outperformed the darker-hued offerings which tended to be jammier and cloyingly sweet, reported trade publication Tizwine.com. The more successful wines boasted complexity, freshness, elegance and vinosity.

Organized by Richard Bampfield, who holds one of the top wine designations in the world, Master of Wine, the tasting involved wine merchants and members of the press taste testing 20 bottles that spanned the world, from Corsica to Barossa.

Generally, European wines also scored more highly than those from the New World, with Sancerre and Bordeaux sharing the top spots with rosés from Provence.

The top three rosés in the tasting were:

Chateau Leoube's Secret de Leoube 2012 - Provence
Chateau Brown 2012 - Bordeaux
Domaine Ott Clos Mireille 2012 - Provence

Meanwhile, with summer in full swing, rosé has become wildly popular as a thirst quencher for its fresh and fruity notes. According to Vins de Provence, which represents winemakers in the region, Provence rosés are characterized by their light, fruity, smooth, lively and aromatic notes.

Strong food pairings include (naturally) Provencal dishes such as ratatouille, sea bass with fennel, aioli, and bouillabaisse, and also stand up well to sea urchin, sushi, Thai dishes, tajine and Indian curry.

Rosé should be served chilled at between 8 to 10 C.

Food and Wine magazine also offers its take on the best rosé wines for under $15 at foodandwine.com.


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