Today, good quality rosé wines are made all over the world. In this article we focus on some of the most popular 2019 rosés on the market in the US. The wines reviewed here are from Provence and other areas of France, Spain, Italy, South America, and South Africa. These rosés are made from numerous grape varieties and are offered in a wide range of styles, from bone dry to sweet, almost colorless to solid ruby, and still to effervescent. Their aromas and flavors vary from fresh-picked to ripe and jammy. Most of them are fresh and aperitif in style and also low in alcohol. Our reviews are organized by country of origin. A listing of the top rated rosés appears first.
Two companion pieces to this article posted on our home page are our just published report on American Rosé: The 2019 Vintage and our article on the 2019 Tavel rosés titled Tavel: France’s Other Rosé. Readers interested in knowing more about rosé should consult our in-depth, 2018 report titled The World of Rosé.
Top Rated Imported Rosés
|Producer and Wine||Region||Country|
|Alain Jaume 2019 Le Crétacé||Tavel||France|
|Cave de Tain 2019 Première Note Roséde Syrah||Collines Rhodaniennes||France|
|Château des Ségriès 2019 Rosé||Tavel||France|
|Château Lancyre 2019 Y||Pic Saint Loup||France|
|Château d’Aqueria 2019 Rosé||Tavel||France|
|Colmant NV Brut Rosé||Western Cape||South Africa|
|Commanderie de la Bargemone 2019 Cuvée Marina||Coteaux d’Aix en Provence|
|Domaine Corne-Loup 2019 Rosé||Tavel||France|
|Domaine de la Mordorée 2019 La Reine des Bois||Tavel||France|
|Graham Beck 2014 Vintage Rosé||Western Cape||South Africa|
|Jean Reverdy 2019 Les Villots||Sancerre||France|
|Louis Jadot 2019 Domaine Clair-Daü||Rosé de Marsannay||France|
|Medici Ermete 2019 Phermento||Lambrusco di Modena||Italy|
|Van Loggerenberg 2019 Break a Leg Cinsault Blanc de Noir||Stellenbosch||South Africa|
Aix 2019 Rosé Coteaux d’Aix en Provence 90 Pale platinum pink. With aromas that evoke a summer strawberry patch, the Aix offers a classic Provence style rosé. It have a pretty, perfumed palate of ripe red berries with hints of tangerine and minerals. The mouth feel is squeaky clean and fresh, and the finish lingers. A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah sourced from dry farmed, estate vineyards at 1400′ elevation. Eric Kurver is owner and winemaker of Maison Saint Aix. 13% alc.
Alain Jaume 2019 Bellissime Rosé Côtes du Rhone ($20) 89 The Bellisime Rosé is a pretty wine with a sweet floral/berry nose and a softly textured palate of strawberry, watermelon and pomegranate. It finishes with good length. An excellent wine to sip on the patio, but it has enough bright acidity and depth of flavor to hold up to fish and simply prepared white meats. 50% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre made part saignée and part direct press.
Alain Jaume 2019 Le Crétacé Tavel ($29) 91 Lean and focused, the Le Crétacé rosé from Tavel reveals pomegranate and red cherry skin on the nose. Distinctly dry on the palate with a firm acidic backbone, pure flavors, and a lingering finish. A superb pairing with roast salmon. A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre made saignée method with no malo. 14.5% alc
Bouvet NV Rosé Excellence Brut Loire Valley ($20) 89 Light copper salmon hue. A bouquet of strawberry cream with hints of mandarin and fresh thyme gives way to a brisk attack and flavors of berry jam and cassis, finishing with good length. The Cabernet Franc fruit is sourced from over one hundred vineyard parcels in the Loire Valley. RS 13 g/L 12% alc. Made using the méthode champenoise.
Castelmaure 2019 Vin-Gris Corbières ($17) 89 Pink blush. Perfume of orange blossoms, rose petals and raspberries. An easy drinking, nicely balanced wine. Softly textured, it’s a great sipping wine. Add some seltzer water and a twist of lemon to make a pleasing spritzer. 80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, and 10% Cinsault; 14.5% alc.
Cave de Tain 2019 Première Note Rosé de Syrah Collines Rhodaniennes ($18) 91 Starbright light pink. Pure fruit aromas of red berries show on the nose. The palate mimics the nose with nice pure flavors. There’s good concentration, excellent acid balance and a tangy, lingering finish. All this and low alcohol, too. 12.5% alc.
Chateau des Arnauds 2019 Les Caprices d’Anais Bordeaux ($18) 89 Oeil de la perdrix color. This is one of the more perfumed rosés tasted this year. It reveals fine floral fragrances accented by red berry and fennel and is softly textured with medium acidity and clean flavors of strawberry, rosewater and a hint of citrus, Lovely, easy drinking. A 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from 30 year old vines, direct press,
Château des Ségriès 2019 Rosé Tavel ($26) 91 Medium garnet. Effusive aromas of strawberry and red plum. Full in the mouth with rich ripe red fruit flavors, good balance and a sense of refreshment. Finishes with an almost unctuous syrup of red berries. 50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Clairette and 10% Syrah from 60 year old vines made saignée method; 13.5% alc
Château du Donjon 2019 Rosé Minervois ($17) 89 Light pink. Showing hints of strawberry and pomegranate on the nose, this is nicely balance rosé with flavors that mirror the nose and a persistent, flavorful finish accompanied by refreshing acidity. Sustainably grown (lutte raisonnée) 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 30% Cinsault. 12.5% alc.
Château de Lancyre 2019 Le Rosé Languedoc ($19) 87 Copper salmon. This blend of Rhone varieties offers a sweet bouquet of strawberry preserves with hints of other red fruits. The sweetness continues in the mouth with ripe red berries, plum and notes of white pepper and cooking spices. There’s a touch of alcohol on the finish. 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Cinsault 14.5% alc.
Château Lancyre 2019 D’içi On Voit Le Mer Pic Saint Loup ($30) 91 Pink blush. Very perfumed with appealing rose petal and raspberry notes. Good volume in the mouth with a delicate inner mouth perfume. Excellent acid balance and a lingering finish. 13.5% alc.
Chateau Suau 2019 Rosé Bordeaux ($21) 89 Beginning with attractive red summer berry aromas, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rosé is crisp on the attack with notes of sweet strawberry and a hint of not quite ripe red cherry. There’s good depth of flavor, bright acidity, and lingering rich berry and pomegranate on the finish. 100% organically cultivated Cabernet Sauvignon made saignée method from the first press; 13% alc.
Château d’Aqueria 2019 Rosé Tavel 92 Light red. Very fragrant with scents of red cherry, raspberry, and a hint of citrus. Exuberant on the attack and fresh and superbly balanced on the palate. Rich, lingering finish. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Clairette. 14.5% alc.
Commanderie de la Bargemone 2019 Rosé Coteaux d’Aix en Provence ($22) 91 Very pale pink. Showing an effusive bouquet of rose petals, gardenia, and red berries, this is a good example of Provence rosé. The wine is light and lively with brisk acidity and good depth of flavor on a perfumed palate. It has a crisp, lingering finish. Direct pressing, no maceration. 3 weeks fermentation at 55°F. No malolactic fermentation. 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Rolle, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Counoise, 5% Carignan. 13% alc
Commanderie de la Bargemone 2019 Cuvée Marina Coteaux d’Aix en Provence ($40) 92 Light pink hue. Showing floral notes, red berries and a hint of clementine on the nose, the Cuvée Marina is refined on the palate with more red berries complemented by hints of citrus and minerals. There’s excellent depth of flavor and balancing acidity and a long, dry finish. A blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Cabernet, and 20% Grenache. 12.5% alc.
Domaine Corne-Loup 2019 Rosé Tavel ($22) 91 With an effusive bouquet of fresh strawberry syrup, the 2019 Corne-Loup Rosé shows excellent freshness and refinement on the palate. Red cherry and berry flavors are enhanced by a notable mineral note. A superb Tavel! A blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre, Clairette and Carignan from 20 year old vines grown on pebbly, sandy soil in the Plateau de Vallongue sub-region. 14.1% alc, but it doesn’t taste like it.
Domaine de la Mordorée 2019 La Dame Rousse Rosé Côtes du Rhone ($24) 91 A very appealing, fruit forward rosé showing an exuberant, perfumed bouquet. It’s softly textured and easy drinking and, while dry, offers sweet, ripe red berry aromas and flavors that linger and linger. A perfect pairing for grilled chicken. 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 5% Carignan, and 5% Mourvedre from a 14 ha parcel of 25 year old vines grown on diverse soils.
Domaine de la Mordorée 2019 La Reine des Bois Tavel ($45) 92 A substantial rosé with a red cherry-berry and rose petal perfume and excellent depth of flavor. Offers a weighty palate infused with fresh fruit and superbly balanced despite the 14.5% alc. Pairs superbly with spicy Mexican food. 60% Grenache, 15% Clairette, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 5% Bourboulenc from organically cultivated 3 ha vineyard of 40 year old vines grown in a sandy-limestone mix of gales roulés (cobblestones).
Domaine de la Mordorée 2019 La Remise de la Mordorée Vin de France ($19) 90 This direct pressed rosé is crisp and fresh with hints of cranberry and pomegranate on the nose. More mineral like in character, if offers a brisk attack and a focused palate that finishes chalky dry with good persistence. 40% Grenache, 30% Marselan and 30% Merlot, hand harvested and direct pressed.
Jean Loron 2019 The Seeker Rosé Côtes de Provence ($14) 89 The Seeker Rosé offers immediate appeal with its alluring starbright pink hue and sweet crushed red berry and pomegranate aromas. The mouth feel is creamy but light with good freshness and more lush berry flavors. A blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 5% Cinsault from vineyards in the Côtes de Provence. 13% alc.
Jean Reverdy 2019 Les Villots Sancerre ($32) 91 Hued like light pink salmon. Showing aromas of dried cherry and nectarine, this Pinot Noir rosé is clean, zesty and focused with good depth of flavor and refreshing, tangy acidity. This is a rosé that can be used as either an aperitif or paired with white meat and fish dishes. 13.5% alc.
Laurence Féraud 2019 Pink Pegau France ($21) 89 Medium salmon color. Reticent bouquet of red berries and savory herbs. Dry on the attack with pomegranate and dried red cherry flavors. Overall, quite delicate and very dry a notable savory accent. Good extract on a longish finish. An excellent food rosé. 14.1% alc.
Les Rocailles 2019 Rosé Savoie ($20) 89 Light pink blush. Fresh, mineral like nose with hints of red berries. Crisp on the attack and light and bright on the palate with notes of citrus, watermelon and raspberry, finishing bone dry with lingering light red fruit notes. 12% alc.
Les Vignerons de Cases de Pene 2019 Penya Rosé Côtes Catalanes 89 Platinum blush. Fresh floral and watermelon scents show on the nose. The palate is delicate and lightly flavored with hints of watermelon and dried berries. Finishes clean with good persistence. 96% Grenache Noir, 4% Syrah from the tine village of Cases de Pene in France’s Roussillon region. 14.1% alc.
Louis Jadot 2019 Domaine Clair-Daü Rosé de Marsannay ($40) 92 Medium salmon color. Scents of dried cherry, pomegranate and orange zest show on the nose and are repeated on the palate of this dry but softly textured rosé of Pinot Noir. There’s good volume in the mouth with moderate acidity and lingering hints of cherry and nectarine on a dry finish. One of the more interesting wines in this year’s tasting. 13% alc.
Louis Jadot 2019 Rosé Coteaux Bourguignons 88 This Burgundy rosé shows aromas and flavors of raspberry and pomegranate. It’s an easy drinking rosé that’s iight on the palate with moderate acidity. Serve well chilled.
Maison Saleya 2019 Rosé Coteaux-d’Aix en Provence 88 Pale pink. Perfumed of sweet red berries and citrus, this is a class Provence style rosé that’s brisk on the attack, lightly flavored, and dry and crisp on a medium long finish.
Rubus 2019 Vin Gris Corbières ($17) 89 This 2019 Vin Gris made predominantly of Grenache begins with a fragrance of summer berries. There’s good intensity of cherry and red plum on the palate with a nice balance between sweet fruit and brisk acidity. It can handle food but also a flavorful sipping wine. Handpicked 80% Grenache, 10% Carignan, and 10% Cinsault; 14.5% alc.
Villa des Anges 2019 Old Vines Rosé Pays d’Herault Cinsault 88 Blush pink. Fresh scents of rose petals and berries. Crisp on the attack with light pomegranate and berry flavors on the palate with a mineral backbone. A bit austere as an aperitif, but an excellent companion to uncomplicated fish dishes. Sourced from old vine Cinsault in the Languedoc region and crafted by winemaker Jeff Carrel. 12% alc.
Adega Cooperativa de Ponte de Lima 2019 Encostas do Lima Rosé Vinho Verde 88 Very pale oeil-de-perdrix. With a nose of rosewater and red cherry skin, this rosé from the Minho region of Portugal is on the lighter end of the rosé spectrum. With a slightly spritzy mouth feel, it offers faint watermelon and cherry flavors on a light weight palate. The perfect sipping rosé to have by the pool on a hot summer day; serve with ice and a sprig of mint for a refreshing wine cooler. 75% Souzão, 15% Borracal and 10% Espadeiro aged on the lees for 4 months. The Adega de Lima is a cooperative of about two thousand growers located in Portugal’s oldest town, the charming Ponte de Lima. Fernando Lemos Gonçalves de Lima and Rita da Silva Araujo are the winemakers. 11.5% alc.
Bodegas Milenium 2019 Arrumaco Garnacha Rosé Spain (Valencia) ($10) 90 Pure light pink. Showing an effusive fruity nose that evokes watermelon and summer berries, this rosé of Garnacha is soft on the attack and offers pomegranate and sweet red berry fruit flavors with vivid but not aggressive acidity. An especially good quaffing wine. 11.5% alc.
Poema NV Brut Rosé Metodo Tradicional Conca de Barberá Catalonia ($15) 89 Copper tinged pink. With aromas of red currants and plum, the Poema Brut offers a lively palate of spice tinged raspberry complemented by savory notes. It’s fresh, vibrant and finishes clean and dry. 100% Trepat aged 12 months on the lees. 11.5% alc. Great price on a Champagne method wine.
Bollini 2019 Rosato Pinot Grigio Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT 89 Redolent of red berries and apples on the nose, the Bollini Rosato is a traditional ramato made from Pinot Grigio. The lightly colored Pinot Grigio berries macerate on the skins for several hours, giving the ramato its color. This wine offers a juicy palate of strawberry tinged nectarine with a firm mineral edge. 12.5% alc.
Caposaldo 2019 Rosé Veneto IGT 90 This Barbie Doll light pink wine from the Veneto offers an enticingly fresh bouquet of raspberry, watermelon and citrus that’s mirrored on the palate. Intensely flavored and very fruity with a long finish, it’s a lovely, low alcohol sipper. There’s enough flavor that you don’t need to be afraid to add a few ice cubes on hot summer days. 12% alc.
Caposaldo NV Sparkling Rosé Brut Italy ($16) 89 Blush pink. Showing a zesty, candied rose and berry bouquet, the Caposaldo Brut offers a vibrant attack and intensely fruity palate of sweet red berries complemented by a hint of blood orange. Finishes with a hint of sweetness making it the perfect wedding cake wine. A blend of 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara from the Veneto region, tank fermented. RS 7 g/L, 12% alc.
Feudo Maccari 2019 Rosé di Neré Terre Siciliane 90 Made from the Nero d’Avola grape grown near the Sicilian town of Noto, this light salmon colored rosé offers an intriguing nose of spice and fruit. it’s round in the mouth with rich flavors of stone fruit, cherry and spice. Refreshing and vibrant, it would be a good pairing with pasta dishes like tagliolini al salmone. 12.5% alc.
Medici Ermete 2019 Phermento Lambrusco di Modena 91 Bright pale red. With a nose that evokes ripe red berries, the frizz ante Phermento offers more of the same along with red plum and cherry notes on the palate. It offers an abundance of fruit and medium effervescence but finishes bone dry. Sold with a crown cap. Fermented in bottle (metodo ancestrale) with zero dosage. Try with spicy grilled sausage. 12% alc.
Tenuta di Salviano 2019 Salviano Pinot Nero Rosato Umbria IGT ($25) 90 Very pale pink. This rosé of Pinot Noir offers a vibrant pure red cherry and berry nose with a pretty, perfumed palate. Finishes with lingering sweet, light cherry notes. The perfumed, floral character of this wine makes it the perfect aperitif. Sourced from a single, high altitude vineyard located on the right bank of Lake Corbara. The Tenuta di Salviano is owned by the Incisa Della Rocchetta family, owners of Sassicaia. 12.5% alc
Apaltagua 2019 Rosé Carmenere Reserva Maule Valley ($13) 88 Pale blush pink wiith a perfumed nose reminiscent of a Provence rosé. This Carmenere based rosé offers a clean, crisp palate with hints of red cherry and firm acidity, finishing with red berry/cherry notes. A bit tart for quaffing but would pair well with fish and vegetable dishes. A blend of 85% Carmenere and 15% Syrah from estate vineyards. 13% alc.
Calcu 2019 Rosé Reserva Especial Colchagua Valley 88 Medium copper pink. This rosé from Chile’s Colchagua Valley begins with an herbal edged Cointreau scent. It’s bright on the attack with firm acidity and flavors that evoke fresh garden herbs and underripe strawberries. A blend of 90% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot with 12% alc. A rosé made to offer freshness and low alcohol at the expense of ripeness. Perfect for light dishes with cilantro or chimichurri sauces.
Funckhausen 2019 Rosé San Rafael (Mendoza) ($15) 89 Light peachy pink in color, the Malbec based Funckhausen Rosé is lightly fragrant, redolent of red summer berries. Flavorwise, it tends more to pomegranate and watermelon. The wine is softly textured and very easy to drink, making it the perfect rosé to consume with conversation. Sold in one liter bottles, the Funckhausen Rosé is made up of 80% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. 12.9% alc.
Maipe 2019 Malbec Rosé Lujan de Cuyo ($16) 89 Light copper salmon. The Maipe Rosé is fruity but dry and easy drinking with lingering hints of mandarin, golden raspberry, and tart red plum. Overall, very pleasant with enough acidity to pair with barbecued shrimp but not to much that it can’t be sipped on its own. Low alcohol and great price, too! 100% handpicked Malbec, macerated 1 day with 30 days of battonage; alc 12.3%
Montes 2019 Cherub El Arcángel Single Vineyard Valle de Colchagua ($16) 88 Light salmon color. Showing scents of dried cherries and red apple with an earth note, this single vineyard rosé reveals good depth of flavor and excellent balance. Very dry with plum and nectarine notes. 13.5% alc
Colmant NV Brut Rosé Western Cape ($44) 91 Showing fresh red berry/cherry aromas with a light citrus accent, this is a most appealing sparkling rosé. It offers a lively palate with crisp acidity and a suave, creamy texture with flavors that mirror the nose. The finish is firm with lingering red berry notes. A blend of 75% Pinot Noir (10% macerated on the skins) and 25% Chardonnay with 24 months on the lees; includes 15% reserve wine and 15% barrel fermented base wine. 12% alc.
Graham Beck NV Brut Rosé Western Cape 90 The nonvintage Brut Rosé is Graham Beck’s top selling wine in the US market and for good reason. It combines exuberant fresh, juicy strawberry, raspberry, and cherry fruit with a creamy mouth feel and consumer-friendly pricing. The palate is fruit rich without being sweet as natural acidity is balanced by about 9 g/L residual sugar. It’s a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Graham Beck 2014 Vintage Rosé Western Cape 92 The Vintage Rosé has always been one of our favorite rosé MCCs, and the 2014 vintage is excellent. With its onion skin hue, it offers a refined bouquet of minerals and cherry skin. On the palate, it’s broad and full with a delightful creamy texture and Pinot dominated flavors complemented by leesy notes. A blend of 86% Pinot Noir from Stellenbosch and 14% Chardonnay from Robertson with 5 years on the lees.
Riebeek Cellars 2019 Cape Rosé Swartland ($13) 89 Probably the only rosé sold in America made from the Pinotage grape, the direct press Cape Rosé is pale salmon in color with aromas and flavors of tart red cherries complemented by a hint of Cointreau. Clean, refreshing and thirst quenching–a perfect summer party wine. 4.6 g/L RS, Alc 13% Eric Saayman is the winemaker. Outstanding value!
Tanzanite NV Brut Rosé Breede River Valley ($39) 90 The Brut Rosé opens with vibrant scents of red berries. It’s very nicely balanced with brisk acidity, tangy red berry/pomegranate fruit, and a softly textured palate. Finishes on a crisp, refreshing note. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from Robertson, handpicked and whole bunch pressed in small lots with yields of 450-480L/ton, then cool fermented using Prise de Mousse yeast followed by full malo; minimum of 24 months on the lees in bottle with hand riddling.
Van Loggerenberg 2019 Break a Leg Cinsault Blanc de Noir Stellenbosch 92 This is an absolutely outstanding, terroir-inflected rosé showing complex aromas and flavors with excellent depth and bracing but integrated acidity. In a world of insipid rosé wines, this wine is truly exceptional, a serious rosé. Made by Lukas Van Loggerenberg from bush vine cinsault fermented naturally in old oak barrels. Note: This wine is the only one in this article not currently imported to the US, but we include it here to draw the attention of potential importers.