As the saying goes, if you want to find a good Rosé in Provence, all you have to do is walk to the next winery. And for the most part, it’s true. Rosé in Provence has completely taken off since the late 1990s, creating one of the fastest growing trends in wine and spirits history.
In fact, Rosé got so popular in the region that it now accounts for more than 90% of all the wine made there, a truly staggering number. And while there’s great Rosé wherever you go in Provence, to find my favorites–the smooth, dry, higher elevation Rosés–you have to go to the hills of Aix-en-Provence.
In the “city of a thousand fountains,” wineries such as Bieler Père et Fils have a distinct advantage of a vineyard nearly 300 meters in altitude, something most of the region can’t claim. At these heights, the cooler, windier nights keep the grapes in perfect balance.
The father-son duo of Charles and Philippe Bieler have been making wine together for nearly 25 years. Philippe, the elder of the two, worked for 30 years at Chateau Routas, turning the small Provence winery into an international superstar. His son Charles grew up watching his dad and eventually came to work with him.
90 Points, Vinous
Vivid orange-pink. Fresh red berry, pit fruit and floral qualities on the perfumed nose, along with suggestions of dusty minerals and orange pith. Juicy, focused and energetic on the palate, offering subtly sweet nectarine, strawberry and white pepper flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows very good clarity on a long, sappy finish that echoes the floral and pit fruit notes.