Why the rose wine has a bad rep and why it’s not true anymore

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Everybody knows that you can buy high-quality white wine. And the same applies to red. But why everyone thinks that rose wine is just 3rd rate wine?

The answer is in the history of the rose wine. Winemakers generally didn’t think that the rose wine is “real” wine. So they use unripe, rotten or leftover grapes, which produced terrible wine.

It wasn’t until the 2000s when winemakers started to treat rose accordingly to its potential.

Quality rose wine is not sweet ping juice that you can buy in every supermarket for 4£. Good rose wine has complexity, different flavours and could be aged too.

The process of making good rose wine is the same as making good red wine. The only difference is how long does the grape juice stay in contact with skins, usually 12-36 hours. And the temperature of fermentation, 12-22 degrees C (red is 20-32C). Here are some examples of good rose wines:

  • Château d’Esclans – Whispering Angel Rosé
  • Marcel Martin – La Jaglerie Rosé d’Anjou 2018
  • Château Sainte Marguerite -Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018
  • Birichino – Vin Gris 2017

I hope I changed your mind about the rose and next time you are in the shop you will buy a good one, let me know if you do.

Btw make sure you are serving your rose in the right temperature. Try it just lightly chilled (10-13 degrees C)


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