When in the South of France, Drink Rosé
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd ColemanAs Route 7 winds south, it traverses two great rosé-producing regions: the Rhône Valley and Provence. Hot, sunny Provence tends to yield pale wines with tart minerality—perfect for summer meals. Mas de Cadenet Sainte Victoire Rosé's ($17) earthy finish enhances the region's chickpea socca, while the citrus in Domaine Sorin Terra Amata Rosé ($11) complements rich salade nicoise. Cabernet lends juiciness to the Château Vignelaure Rosé ($22), a foil to briny tapenade and pissaladières. Mellow Palais Privé Rosé ($19), from Luberon, wedged between the Rhône and Provence, tames the sharp mustard in steak tartare. Ruddier and racier than its Provençal cousins, E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé($15) stands up to roasted fish dishes, while the herbal Château Mourgues du Gres Fleur d'Églantine ($13) is a match for milder preparations, like fish en papillote. For dessert, the tropical Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé ($20) from Provence heightens the flavor of lemony sweets like madeleines.
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