France makes rosé wine almost anywhere it makes wine, including Bordeaux, Champagne, and the Loire. But Southern France and Provence, especially, is where most French rosé comes from. French rosés vary greatly in style from the pale, perfumed ones of the Côtes de Provence to the full bodied, robust ones of Tavel, which we reviewed in an earlier article. In this article our focus is on the other rosés of France with particular focus on Provence but, also, including rosés from Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, the Rhône Valley, and several appellations within Languedoc-Roussillon. Our list of top-rated French rosés includes wines from all these appellations. For our recommendations on top 2018 Sancerre rosés, see our recent article on Rosés of Pinot Noir, and for recommendations on Burgundy crémants, see our article on Sparkling Rosés. Finally, for an in-depth, comprehensive discussion of rosé wines around the world and how they’re made read our Report #66 The World of Rosé.
Top Rated French Rosés
|Producer & Wine||Appellation||Score|
|Domaines Ott 2018 Château Romassan||Bandol||94|
|Domaines Ott 2018 Clos Mireille||Côtes de Provence||93|
|Domaines Ott 2018 Château de Selle||Côtes de Provence||93|
|Château des Ferrages 2018 Mon Plaisir Sainte Victoire||Côtes de Provence||92|
|Mas Redonne 2018 Rosé||Bandol||91+|
|Miraval 2018 Rosé||Côtes de Provence||91|
|Commanderie de la Bargemone 2018 La Bargermone Cuvée Marina||Coteaux d’Aix en Provence||91|
|VIgnobles JeanJean 2018 Domaine Le Pive Gris||Sable de Camargue||91|
|Château des Bertrands 2018 Estate Rosé||Côtes de Provence||90+|
|Moulin de La Roque 2018 Les Adrets Rosé||Bandol||90+|
|Château Ollieux Romanis 2018 Cuvée Classique||Corbières||90+|
|Château de L’Aumérade 2018 Rosé Cuvée Marie-Christine||Côtes de Provence||90|
|Famille Perrin 2018 Rosé Réserve||Côtes du Rhône||90|
|Chateau Suau 2018 Rosé||Bordeaux||90|
|Castelmaure 2018 Vin-Gris Corbières||Corbières||90|
|Commanderie de la Bargemone 2018 Rosé||Coteaux d’Aix en Provence||90|
|Penya 2018 Rosé||Côtes Catalanes||90|
|Château des Bertrands 2018 Reserve des Bertrands Elégance Rosé||Côtes de Provence||90|
|Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette 2018 Ze rozé||Languedoc||90|
|Chateau Pech-Latt 2018 Rosé||Corbières||90|
|Domaine Poli 2018 Sciaccerellu||Ile de Beauté Corsica||90|
|HB Chevalier 2018 Rosé
Le Charmel 2018 Rosé
|Domaine de la Mordoree 2018 Rosé||Côte du Rhône||90|
*Wines scoring 90 or above.
As tastes for rosé have evolved from sweet to dry and dark to light, the Provence style has become almost synonymous with rosé to many consumers. Since 1990, improved winemaking and marketing have been instrumental in creating the Provence style and making Provence the most important rosé producing region in the world. Provence exports to the US have been growing exponentially, and Provence style rosés are now made throughout the south of France. With so many producers, it’s not surprising that many of the best rosés of France come from Provence. However, we were less impressed with some of the Provence rosé and Provence-style rosés we tasted. Too many are dilute with little flavor and flat on the palate. We encourage readers to seek advice from their wine merchants and use our reviews below in selecting high quality rosés.
Provence rosés are usually pale in color and dry with floral, berry and citrus aromas and flavors and bright acidity. Provence regulations require that rosé be a blend of permitted grape varieties. Grenache is the dominant grape with Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre, Tibouren and other varieties playing a supporting role. White varieties can be as much as 20 percent of the blend. Residual sugar can be no more than 4 g/l, but the best wines are fermented dry.
Provence is a complex region comprised of 7 large, varied appellations, all of which can and do produce rosé. It has 26,500 ha under vine, 600 producers, and makes 185 million bottles of wine annually, 89 percent of which is rosé. Côtes de Provence is the largest of the appellations, producing about 75 percent of all the wine produced in Provence, mostly rosé.
Bandol, an appellation located within the Provence region, is one of France’s most highly regarded wine appellations, and it produces one of the world’s most unique rosés from the Mourvèdre grape. Like Grenache, the thick-skinned, late ripening Mourvedre has its origins in Spain where it’s known as Monastrell or Mataro. It was the most important grape variety of Province before phylloxera. Its small, thick skinned berries have high tannins and, also, high sugar levels. Red wines made from Mourvèdre have a certain gamey, earthy quality that can also be found in rosés made from the grape. The famous Bandol rosés made from this variety (they must be >50%) are often blended with Grenache and Cinsault. There are few producers of Mouvedre based rosé outside Bandol.
Rosés based on Mourvedre usually age well. Indeed, they sometimes do not show well in their youth and improve over time. Jancis Robinson reports on a tasting held at Domaine Tempier where winemaker Daniel Ravier opened up 30+ year old bottles of Tempier Rosé; she claims the 30 year old, 1988 vintage was the best rosé she’s ever tasted.
Alain de la Treille 2018 Le Rosé Vin de France ($12) 88 Revealing hints of watermelon and cotton candy on the nose, this Loire Valley rosé is crisp on the attack with decent concentration of red berry fruit on the palate. There’s nice purity of flavor and a lingering finish. A blend of 40% Gamay, 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Pinot Noir.
Castelmaure 2018 Vin-Gris Corbières ($13) 90Light orange. Crisp with an attractive bouquet of spicy red fruit. Lively and smooth on the palate with flavors of ripe strawberry and cherry, finishing long and dry. A lovely fresh rosé of outstanding value. 80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, and 10% Cinsault. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
Charles Thomas 2018 Sainte-Victoire Côtes de Provence ($17) 89A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault, the Sainte Victoire is light salmon/pink and reveals aromas and flavors of orchard fruit with a hint of fennel. It offers medium acidity, good flavor concentration and a long finish. A little ripe for a Cotes de Provence. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
Château de L’Aumérade 2018 Rosé Cuvée Marie-Christine Côtes de Provence ($20) 90Pale pink with a floral nose of rose petals and light red berries that are mirrored on a crisp, mineral like palate. Good balance and rich extract on the finish. A blend of 42% Cinsault, 34% Grenache/Garnacha, and 24% Syrah grown on clay-limestone soils in Cru Classé vineyards located in Côtes de Provence’s “Golden Triangle”. Importer: Regal Wine Imports
Château des Bertrands 2018 Estate Rosé Côtes de Provence ($30) 90+Platinum with a very pale pink blush. This is a wine that’s more than the sum of its parts. Light in color with a delicate, savory perfume and a lightly flavored, very dry palate, this combination results in a very satisfying, crisply textured rosé. It goes better with food than it does as a simple sipper, in our opinion. Importer: Henriot
Château des Bertrands 2018 Reserve des Bertrands Elégance Rosé Côtes de Provence ($22) 90 Crystal clear salmon color. A textbook Provence rosé showing excellent freshness of aroma and flavor with nice mineral notes and energizing acidity. Reveals red berries with complementary citrus and stone fruit notes. Organically cultivated, direct pressed 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah grown on shale and sandstone soils..
Château des Ferrages 2018 Mon Plaisir Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence 92 Bronze pink. This is benchmark Provence rosé–superbly fresh with bright acidity and with excellent depth of flavor. The aromas and flavors evoke ruby grapefruit, pomegranate, wet river stones, and the slightest hint of garrique. Superb and even better than the 2017 vintage. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino. The 28 ha vineyard was purchased by Maison Michel Chapoutier in 2016. Importer: Sera Wine Imports
Château des Ferrages 2018 Roumery Côte de Provence 88 Pale blush pink. Floral like bouquet of red berries that carries over to a perfumed palate, quite lightly flavored but fresh and balanced. A fine sipping wine but could use more concentration and length. 12% alc Importer: Sera Wine Imports
Château Lancyre 2018 Pic Saint-Loup Rosé Coteaux du Languedoc ($19) 89 The Chateau Lancyre is a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault, Light salmon in color, it offers aromas of light strawberry and orchard fruit. On the palate it is mouth filling with good acidity and freshness and has a slightly tart finish. Importer: Hand Picked Selections
Château Ollieux Romanis 2018 Cuvée Classique Corbières ($17) 90+ This Corbieres rose displays a salmon colored robe and reveals aromas of herbs, bees wax and apple skin. It is clean and fresh-tasting on the palate with good acidity and overall freshness. A rich and complex wine with unique flavors and a crisp finish. An organically cultivated blend of 65% Grenache Gris and 35% Cinsault. Importer: Shiverick Imports
Chateau Pech-Latt 2018 Rosé Corbieres 90 Light rose petal Attractive aromas of red berries, rasoberries and stone fruit. Crisp and flavorful on the attack with good concentration on the palate and persistence on the finish. A blend of Grenache and Cinsault, this rose will pair well with light summer lunch and dinner dishes. Importer: HB Wine Merchants
Château Revelette 2018 Rosé Coteaux d’Aix en Provence ($19) 88+ German born, UC Davis grad Peter Fischer makes this wine from biodynamically farmed Grenache (60%), Cinsault (20%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). Medium pink in color, it offers ripe red berry and raspberry fruit flavors with medium plus acidity and a pleasant finish. Importer: Shiverick Imports
Château Saint Cyrgues 2018 Rosé Costières de Nîmes ($12) 88 Made from organically cultivated 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, this wine is easy drinking with pleasant red fruit and herbal flavors, On the palate it is round and full in the mouth with medium acidity and a pleasant finish. Great value. Importer: Shiverick Imports
Château Saint-Honoré 2018 La Londe Rosé Côtes de Provence La Londe ($19) 89 Light salmon color. This Provence Rosé offers a effusive, floral nose and a crisp, mineral attack with hints of red apple, orange zest and cranberry. Finishes clean with good persistence. Importer: Regal Wine Imports
Chateau Suau 2018 Rosé Bordeaux ($15) 90 The Chateau Suau rose displays a salmon color and consists of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is fresh, crisp, and lively on the attack with fresh and light red fruit flavors, good acidity, and a persistent finish. The grapes are cultivated organically. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
Clos Alivu 2018 Corsica Rosé Patrimonio ($23) 89 Platinum blush. A chalky mineral nose with hints of yellow fruit is followed by a clean, precise palate that’s lightly flavored of melon and pear, finishing with good extract. A great oyster wine. Eric Poli makes this wine from 50 year old Nellucciu vines in the town of Oletta. Importer: Regal Wine Imports
Commanderie de la Bargemone 2018 La Bargermone Cuvée Marina Coteaux d’Aix en Provence ($35) 91 Light pink. This is benchmark Provence rosé with a pretty perfume and vibrant palate showing red berries and citrus. Lively acidity and a welcome, firmer structure compared to most rosés from the region. Delivered in an elegant, weighty bottle. A blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Counoise, and Syrah. 12.5% alc. Importer: Hand Picked Selections
Commanderie de la Bargemone 2018 Rosé Coteaux d’Aix en Provence ($21) 90 Pale coppery salmon color. This very popular wine offers exactly what most consumers look for in a Provence rosé–pale color, floral bouquet, light citrus-berry flavors, good acidity, and a nice crisp finish. The Bargemone has all this and more. Highly recommended for Provence rosé lovers. 13% alc. Importer: Hand Picked Selections
Domaine Aureillan 2018 Rosé Côtes de Provence ($21) 89 Pale copper orange. One of the more successful Provence rosés, with minerals and light floral notes showing on the nose. The attack is chalky in texture with citrus and herbal flavors, finishing very dry with medium persistence. A blend of 70% Grenache, 30% Cinsault; 13% alc. Importer: Elite Wines
Domaine Bellevue 2018 Rosé Touraine ($12) 88 Light salmon in color, the 2018 Domaine Bellevue offers aromas of apple and citrus. On the palate it reveals high acidity, a crisp mouth feel, and a dry persistent finish. Importer: Elite Wines
Domaine de la Fouquette 2018 Cuvée Rosée d’Aurore Côtes de Provence ($20) 89 Pale apricot copper. Opens with a floral and mineral nose and understated fruit, but after being open a couple of hours, strawberry and rhubarb fruits announce their arrival and linger on the finish. 65% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 5% Rolle. Importer: Regal Wine Imports
Domaine de la Mordoree 2018 Rosé Côte du Rhône ($20) 90 The 2018 Domaine de la Mordereé is a blend of the traditional varieties of the Cotes du Rhone: 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan and 5% Mourvedre. It displays a deep rose petal/salmon color and has a rich mouth feels of spicy red berry fruit and garrigue. On the palate it reveals good concentration of flavor and acidity, and has a long fruity finish. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd
Domaine de Mus 2018 Grenache Cinsault Rosé Pays D’Oc ($13) 89 The 2018 Domaine de Mus is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. Medium light pink in color it offers fresh red berry aromas with hints of herbs. It is fresh and crisp on the palate with good intensity of flavor and has a lovely long dry finish. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette 2018 Ze rozé Languedoc ($22) 90Exuberant fruit and rose petals show on the nose with a dry attack of red berries and medium acidity. Finishes dry and long with light savory notes. 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Carignan; 13% alc.Importer: Elite Wines
Domaine Laurens 2018 Cuvée Eglantine Marcillac ($17) 88Medium red rose. A perfumed bouquet of watermelon and apple blossom gives way to a full, vinous palate of red berries and yellow plum. The Cuvée Eglantine has a clean finish that lingers but lacks the crispness one expects in rosé. One of the more exotic wines in this year’s tasting made from the rare Fer Servadou grape variety in the little know appellation of Marcillac located in the western part of Auvergne. Importer: Regal Wine Imports
Domaine Poli 2018 Sciaccerellu Rosé Ile de Beauté ($15) 90This is a delicious direct press rose sourced from the rare Sciccarellu grape grown in the commune of Linguizzeta in France. It displays a light salmon color and perfumy aromas of red berries and stone fruit. On the palate it is silky smooth with good concentration and flavor and a persistent finish.. . Importer: Regal Wine Imports
Domaines Ott 2018 Clos Mireille Côtes de Provence ($59) 93 Pale gold-tinted pink. Perfumed nose of flowers, minerals and melon. A first impression of delicacy is deceptive as the palate reveal an impressive density of citrus, red berries and blood orange zest that lingers forever on the finish. Predominantly Grenache blended with Cinsault and Syrah. Domaines Ott 2018 Château de Selle Côtes de Provence ($59) 93 Similar to the Clos Mireille with the addition of Mourvèdre to the blend, the Château de Selle has a bit more structure and depth. Pale onion skin in color, it offers a complex, floral and fruity bouquet with a chalky mineral inflection. It’s rich and fruity with red berries, blood orange and stone fruit notes complemented by a distinct spiciness. Long and focused on the finish with a lingering mineral quality. Domaines Ott 2018 Château Romassan Bandol ($59) 94 Orange-flecked pale pink. Predominantly Mourvèdre with Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah, the Château Romassan offers citrus, flowers and savory herbs on an expansive bouquet. Outstanding depth and complexity on the palate with hints of pear and berries and mounting minerality, culminating in a lingering, dusty mineral finish. Since Mourvèdre based rosés require time to evolve, we also tasted the 2017 Château Romassan, which as expected was more fruit rich and rounder in texture. Importer: Maisons Marques & Domaines USA
Famille Perrin 2018 Rosé Réserve Côtes du Rhône ($14) 90This Côtes du Rhône Rosé hits all the points. It has a light red berry bouquet followed by a crisp attack, medium flavor density, and good acidity that provides a crisp and pleasing finish. Great value.A single vineyard rosé from Le Grande Prébois in Orange. a blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre made in stainless steel using the saignée method. Importer: Vineyard Brands
Ferraton Pere & Fils 2018 Samorëns Côtes-du-Rhône 88 Medium salmon copper. Showing dried herbs, orange zest, and a hint of red currants on the nose, this fruit forward Côtes-du-Rhône rosé offers good flavor with brisk acidity and a lingering finish. Importer: Sera Wine Imports
Foncalieu 2018 Piquepoul Rosé Coteaux d’Ensérune, Languedoc ($15) 89Made from the rare Piquepoul Noir grape grown in southern France, this rosé displays a pale pink color and offers fresh crisp flavors of citrus and light cherry. Fermented in stainless steel, temperature controlled with very limited skin contact. Importer: Scoperta
HB Chevalier 2018 Rosé Languedoc 90Light copper salmon. Aromatically light but with plenty of bright flavors of tangerine, berries and minerals. Clean and crisp on the finish with good acidity and a gripping finish. All Grenache from clay and limestone hillside vineyards bordering the Etang de Thau coastal lagoon. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
La Vieille Ferme 2018 Rosé Vin de France ($12) 88Pale orange salmon. Offering a very floral bouquet of rose petals and orange flowers, this inexpensive rosé punches above its weight. It has a soft attack with hints of orange citrus and a clean, but not very crisp, finish. A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah Importer: Vineyard Brands, Inc.
Laurence Féraud 2018 Pink Pégau Vin de France ($21) 88Medium copper salmon. Showing notes of strawberry compote on the nose, the palate is savory and herbal with red berry accents and good acidity. A good, easy drinking rosé. Importer: Hand Picked Selections
Le Charmel 2018 Rosé Côtes de Provence ($15) 89 Pale peachy pink. Showing a lovely, fragrant nose redolent of fresh red raspberries, this is a flavorful, nicely balanced rosé of unusually good value. It’s a blend of 30% Syrah, 30% Cinsault, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, and 10% Rolle that’s 80% direct press. Le Charmel 2018 Rosé Loire ($13) 90 Pale reddish pink. The rosé from the Loire Valley is nicely aromatic, redolent of red berries and nectarine with a hint of dried herbs. We find that rosés made from Cabernet Franc have an extra herbal dimension that goes beyond simpler fruitiness and makes them good food wines, and that’s what Le Charmel is. Good freshness and acidity as well as deeper flavor than many of the too pale rosés being sold today. A blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Gamay. Importer: Winesellers Ltd
Les Rocailles 2018 Rosé Savoie ($18) 89Pale platinum pink. The Les Rocailles Rosé is stony and almost austere, showing understated ruby grapefruit and dried cherry with prominent chalky minerals. The grapefruit character is especially pronounced on the crisp, high acid finish. An excellent rose for raw shellfish. 12% alc. Importer: Hand Picked Selections
Les Vignobles Foncalieu 2018 Haut Vol Rosé Vin de France ($15) 88 A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Carignan, the Haut Vol offers a light salmon robe and aromas of cherry and stone fruit. On the palate it reveals light red berry fruit with lanolin and a dry fruity finish. Importer: Scoperta
Les Vignobles Foncalieu 2018 Piquepoul Rosé Coteaux d’Ensérune, Languedoc ($15) 88.This is an unusual 100% Piquepoul rouge. It displays a very light salmon color and perfumed aromas of orchard fruit It is crisp and dry on the palate with a hint of herbs. Dry on the finish, it is pleasant albeit lightly flavored. Importer: Scoperta
Lionel Gosseaume 2018 Gamay Rosé Touraine ($15) 89 From the vineyards of Sologne in the Loire Valley, this is a light and delicate rose, offering aromas and flavors of green apple and spicy tangerine. Soft and round on the palate, it shows medium acidity, good concentration and a pleasant finish. Importer: Scoperta
Mas Redonne 2018 Rosé Bandol ($33) 91+ This Bandol rose is a blend of 55% Mourvèdre, 35% Cinsault, and 10% Grenache. Light salmon in color, it offers pleasant aromas of red berries and stone fruit. On the palate it reveals concentrated fruit flavors, excellent acidity, and vibrancy, and a persistent finish. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
Miraval 2018 Rosé Côtes de Provence ($28) 91Miraval became one of the most famous rosés of Provence due to the collaboration of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and the Perrin family of Château Beaucastel fame. [Perhaps more importantly, Pink Floyd recorded The Wall at a recording studio on the site in 1979.] It’s a good wine, pale blush pink in color with delicate scents of red berries and rose petals. Notes of watermelon, strawberries, and tangerine are complemented by lively acidity. Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle and Syrah fermented in 95% stainless steel and 5% barrique. The Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle are direct pressed; the Syrah is saignée. Importer: Vineyard Brands
Miraval 2018 Studio Rosé Méditeranée IGP ($19) 89 Named after the recording studio on the estate, the Studio Rosé is a new line from Miraval. It’s light and fruity and pleasant, easy drinking with notes of citrus, berries and stone fruit. A blend of direct pressed Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle, and Tibouren purchased from diverse plots on the French Riviera. Importer: Vineyard Brands
Mont Gravet 2018 Rosé Pasd’Oc IGP ($9) 89 Medium pink. This rosé of 100% Cinsault is fresh and vibrant with aromas and flavors of red berries and red currants. It’s a fruity wine that’s fun to drink and an incredible value. All direct press. Importer: Winesellers Ltd
Moulin de La Roque 2018 Les Adrets Rosé Bandol ($21) 90+Sourced from the village of La Cadière d’Azur, this bright orange rose is a blend of 70% Mourvedbre, 20% Grenache and 10% Cinsault. Fresh on the attack,it offers light red berry fruit, rich fruit flavors with hints of stones, and a long spicy finish. Importer: Scoperta
Penya 2018 Rosé Côtes Catalanes ($13) 90 Pale salmon in color, the 2018 Penya rose is 90% Grenache Noir and 10% Syrah sourced from the Roussillon region. It is crisp and dry on the attack with flavors of watermelon, raspberries, cherries and a touch of garrigue. It is fresh and delicate on the palate with medium acidity and a fruit rich finish. Importer: Hand Picked Selections
Rubus 2018 Vin-Gris Corbières ($13) 89 Pale salmon pink. Revealing a perfumed bouquet of strawberries and rose petals, this is a mineral-driven, fresh and refreshing rosé. It offers a savory, slightly saline palate with notes of dried herbs and dried berries. A blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Cinsault. 13.5% alc. Well priced. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
Saint Roch Les Vignes 2018 Rosé Côtes de Provence ($15) 88 Pale copper. Bright orange citrus notes and flowers on nose. More flavor on the palate. Softly textured, modest flavors. But fresh, crisp, mineral like. Med long finish. Much like the founders. Chalky finish. 88/9 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault. Importer: Regal Wine Imports
VIgnobles JeanJean 2018 Domaine Le Pive Gris Sable de Camargue ($18) 91 Medium pink with a copper tinge. This is a complete rosé from its floral nose to its long, richly extracted finish. Rose petals, watermelon and tangerine show on the nose, while the palate is perfumed and redolent of flowers and red berries. 30% Grenache Gris, 30% Grenache Noir, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc; certified organic. Importer: Hand Picked Selections
Vignobles Lassagne 2018 Chateau des Arnauds Les Caprices D’Anaïs Rosé Bordeaux ($13) 89 A lovely pink salmon-colored rose offering aromas of red berries and stone fruit with hints of flowers. It is ripe and spicy in the mouth with good density of flavor and acidity. A blend of 50/50 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from 30+ year old vines. Importer: Kysela Pere et Fils
Villa des Anges 2018 Old Vines Rosé Pays d’Oc ($13) 88+ The Villa des Anges was sourced from old vnes Cinsault in the Languedoc region of southern France. It exhibits light aromas and flavors of strawberries and hazelnuts. On the palate it is crisp with excellent acidity and a long dry finish. Importer: Hand Picked Selections