The 2013 Bieler Pere et Fils Sabine Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence is atypical for Provencal rosé, as it uses cabernet sauvignon, along with Grenache and syrah, the combination of which has created a really delicious pink wine with some substance.
The color is much deeper than most rosés, surely due to the cabernet. And from a perfectly technical view, this is made in the traditional Provencal way, meaning grapes go direct to press within two hours of picking so very limited skin juice contact to emphasize freshness over density.
Fermentation is in stainless steel and concrete tanks, and the lees are stirred during and after fermentation to add some body.
With that background, no wonder this thing has great body, along with aromas and flavors of watermelon, Bing cherries, pomegranate and strawberry. The finish is crisp but not tartly dry, and fresh and festive better describe the long aftertaste.
A very nice value at $13 a bottle, this is so versatile it will marry well with a lot of warm weather dishes.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.