The race is on, once again, for rosés: the quintessential summer wine to please the palate either as an aperitif or as a companion to salmon, salads or light cheeses. Don't get me wrong, summer can still be the time for your hearty, robust reds - Cabernets, Petite Syrahs or Malbecs, just as long as you've got juicy steaks, ribs or burgers sizzling on the grill.
But for something lighter or easier a really good rosé is the way to go. One can find a lot of mediocre roses out there but that is not the case with our Domiane Houchart Cote de Provence 2016 ($16.95). This superior rosé is produced by the same family since the 1850s with the founder's grandaughter, Genevieve Quinot, now running the domaine which is located about 25 km from Aix-En-Provence.
A beautiful salmon color, this rosé is a masterful blend of grapes common to this region of France: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre. Domaine Houchart is characterized by delicate citrus and strawberry aromas that carry onto your palate, evolving into hints of wild berries, melon and mineral notes with a finish that is clean and refreshing.
So jump into this summer with a glass of chilled Domaine Houchart Rosé 2016. Sit back take a sip as you languidly lift your fork from a plate of cold salmon garnished with fresh dill and a dollop of crime frail he. Nothing could be better.