Provence roses are my drink of choice when we travel to the south of France. The flavor is nothing like the "Kool Aid" taste that are the norm for American vintages (although better tastes are emerging), but the flavors can vary. I discovered these wines when my husband and I attended a tequila convention in Bendol (go figure) and these vintages were presented as the wines for our dinners. We though "Oh, great," but what a pleasant surprise! We loved them.
I'm a pretty happy person when I have a glass of wine in front of me, and I've not been disappointed with any of the Provence roses I tried. I like wine. and I'm a pretty congenial person about deciding if I can continue to drink the pouring in my glass. ;-) However, I have noticed varying tastes and color in the Provence roses, and right now, it's a crap shoot when I buy a rose at a market on our trips. Once I find a flavor I like, I usually buy it a again, but does anyone have any comments on how the different hues (pink/pink to melon shades; darker/lighter) might be an indicator of a flavor's direction, sweet, dry, full bodied or whatever? What regions to select, although Bendol is a given.
I know there are going to be specific vintage recommendations that can be found in wine shops, both at home and abroad, but when you are standing in front of shelf at the Casino Super Market or Monoprix, looking at rows of bottles, several of whom are produced in smaller regional wineries that may not have recognition to travelers outside of Provence or the Cote d'Azur, which one do you choose if you want a drier wine, a sweeter flavor or just want a bottle to bring back to your room or apartment? I'm thinking that the blending of the different grapes that go into Provence roses might make a difference in the color of the wine and thereby, the flavor, and having visited vineyards in CA and Italy, I know temperature and moisture makes a huge difference in the harvesting of a grape. That's an issue when you want a fine bottle, but in general terms, does anyone have a suggestion on how to select from a shelf of unknown vineyards when you just want to bring a bottle back to where you are staying or on a train trip? I'm that kind of traveler...
I know that replies to this question can not be absolute because there are a number of variables, but give it try!Edited: 18 February 2013, 02:09