Personally, I like to sip Rosé any time of the year and on almost any occasion. Ever since I visited Provence for the first time years ago, I’ve come to love the stuff. I find that Rosé wines pair very well with a wide array of foods and cuisines, from Asian fare and tacos, to burgers from the grill. Most of the time, you can’t go wrong reaching for Rosé.
I think that’s especially true of Gérard Bertrand 2018 Cote des Roses Rosé ($17.90). The wine is light and breezy on the palate – like a soft Mediterranean summer wind – and comes in a lovely bottle that you might want to save after the wine is long gone, perhaps for use as a vase. It has a unique, rose-shaped bottom that was created by a designer from the Boulle School, according to the winemakers.
For Rosé in particular, Gérard Bertrand 2018 Cote des Roses Rosé has a good mineral base. According to the winemakers, “The soil, very varied, consists essentially of hard limestone from the garrigues, schist soils but also gravels brought by the rivers and streams of Languedoc.”
This Rosé is a pleasant blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, weighing in at an approachable 13% ABV. Pop the cork and you’ll be treated to orange, honeysuckle, grapefruit and peach fragrances. On the tongue, cherry and strawberry flavors abound, along with melon and peaches. Some spice and herb notes add to the complexity.
Gérard Bertrand 2018 Cote des Roses Rosé is gentle and harmonious – one of the more satisfying Languedoc Rosés I’ve tasted.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.