The Wine of the Week by Annette Tomei
Annette is the founder of VinEducation, where she is a food and beverage educator and consultant. She is also a professional chef who frequently contributes delicious recipes to EatSomethingSexy.com.
In 1951 the wine region known as Côtes de Provence, a swath of southeastern France along the Mediterranean coast, was designated as VDQS – a classification midway between table wine and the more strongly regulated Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée; AOC status was awarded in 1977. Though red and white wines are also produced here, this region is best known for its rosé, which represents approximately 85% of production. This is a large region with varied terroir; the quality of the wines produced here also varies, so selecting wines from a reputable producer and/or importer is beneficial.
Château de Pourcieux was founded in the early 18th century by the Marquis d’Espagnet. Michel d’Espagnet has been proprietor since 1986. The chateau itself is a registered historic monument of the region.
The chateau’s rosé is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault. Each variety is vinified separately; their juice is in contact with the grape skins for 4-6 hours at cold temperature to gently extract color and flavor before pressing and fermentation. Prior to blending, each variety wine is matured in enamel-lined tanks for 1 month after the vinification process is complete.
This wine has the aroma of a lively fresh fruit salad – berries, banana, delicate herbs, and a touch of spice. The flavors are bright and crisp – more berries and ripe peach. There’s just a hint of tannins and under 13.5% ABV – essentially, a medium body, easy wine. Rosés are a recurring favorite for pairing with a variety of foods. This one did well as an aperitif with jamon de Serrano and a young Manchego. I’d also try it with the end-of-season ratatouille, roast chicken, and Provençal-inspired seafood preparations.