This wine may receive greater appreciation in the heat of the summer, but with the continuing 90 degree days here in Southwest Florida Domaine De Paris Rose from the Cotes De Provence appellation in France still has its season. A dry wine that is very light in the mouth with a delicate flavor profile be warned those who are fond of America’s White Zinfandel will probably not consider this a good substitute. For more about the difference between White Zin and Rose, as well as the variations in Rose wine as a category check out the video.
In the glass this wine is a light pink color with a nose of strawberry fruit and stone; the strawberry carries over with the addition of watermelon to the stone essence and a touch of spiciness in the clean finish. Typical of wine from this area it is a blend of grapes, dominated by Grenache with some Syrah, Carignane and a touch of Cinsault that lends its characteristic pepper spice at the end. Personally I lean toward this as a solo performer, something to start the evening off or as a picnic wine for time spent appreciating the surf and shore. For those who would like a snack, stick with light flavors, strawberries or watermelon would match the flavors and cold thinly sliced meat would complement both, watermelon wrapped with prosciutto anyone? Either way serve this wine chilled and let its character come out of the glass as it warms a little.
Unlike most of the wines reviewed in this space the Domaine De Paris Cotes De Provence is not widely available, in fact to date I have only found it on the shelves of ABC Fine Wine and Spirits. In addition, I have noticed the price seem varies from $10 to $13 so look for it on sale.
In the end while I like this wine I must point out there is nothing pretentious about it and would score it 2.5 stars if the system allowed me to. So consider it for what it is, a light bodied, delicate wine that is meant to be shared and used to support your event and not be a focal point. The bottle I sampled was the 2011 vintage and it seemed to lose something while sitting on the shelf, based on an earlier in store tasting. So buy it young and appreciate the simple and refreshing experience this dry rose can bring to your life.