Bottle of Whispering Angel rose wine and glasses

Rosé Rendezvous: A Toast to the Top 5 French Rosé Wines

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Discover France's most alluring rosé wines in our captivating guide, exploring their unique characteristics & pairing them with delicious dishes.

6 min read

Delight your senses and elevate your dining experiences with a carefully curated selection of France's most alluring rosé wines. In this captivating guide, we'll explore the essence of these blushing beverages, sharing the unique characteristics and subtle nuances that make them the perfect complement to a variety of delicious dishes. Discover the ideal moments to uncork these exquisite bottles and learn how to expertly pair them with mouthwatering meals, as we reveal our top 5 French rosé wines that are sure to enchant your palate and elevate any occasion.

French rose wine with glasses on the table by the sea
© Château d'Esclans

What are the Top 5 Best French Rosé Wines?

The sun-kissed vineyards of the French Côtes de Provence region produce some of the most exquisite rosé wines in the world. A glass of these delicate and refreshing wines is a perfect companion to the breathtaking scenery and elegant "joie de vivre" lifestyle of the French Riviera.

Here are the top 5 best French rosé wines to delight your senses and elevate your culinary experiences.

  • Château d'Esclans Garrus Rosé, Château d'Esclans' flagship wine, is often referred to as the finest rosé in the world. This highly sought-after wine is made from old-vine Grenache and Rolle grapes, aged in oak barrels, resulting in a full-bodied rosé with notes of white peach, apricot, and subtle hints of vanilla. Pair Garrus Rosé with seared scallops, lobster, or creamy pasta dishes for an unforgettable culinary experience. Read more about Château d'Esclans
  • Domaines Ott Château de Selle Rosé is a classic Côtes de Provence rosé, offering a complex bouquet of white peach, apricot, and hints of citrus. This elegant and well-balanced wine pairs beautifully with Mediterranean cuisine, including grilled fish, roasted vegetables, and olive tapenade. Read more about Domaines Ott
  • Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel is an iconic and sophisticated rosé that has gained a loyal following worldwide. Its enchanting pale pink hue and delicate notes of raspberry, peach, and citrus create a perfect harmony of flavor. This wine is a delightful match for seafood dishes, light salads, and goat cheese. Read more about Château d'Esclans
  • Château Minuty 281, Château Minuty's 281 rosé is named after the Pantone color of its strikingly beautiful bottle. This limited-production wine boasts a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault, offering a delicate palate of peach, melon, and a touch of minerality. Enjoy it with sushi, fresh oysters, or a vibrant Niçoise salad. Read more about Château Minuty
  • Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé, is a harmonious blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault, which results in a wine with a beautiful salmon hue and complex flavors of ripe red berries, white peach, and a hint of spice. Pair it with Provençal classics like bouillabaisse or ratatouille, or enjoy it alongside grilled seafood, poultry, and summer salads for a truly delightful gastronomic experience. Read more about Domaine Tempier
Bottle of French rose wine by Château d'Esclans

Garrus Rosé 2019

Château d'Esclans
Bottle of French rose wine by Château Minuty

281

Château Minuty
Bottle of French rose wine by Domaines Ott

Château de Selle Rosé (Coeur de Grain)

Domaines Ott
Bottle of French rose wine by Château d'Esclans

Whispering Angel Rosé

Château d'Esclans
Bottle of French rose wine by Domaine Tempier

Bandol Rosé 2021

Domaine Tempier
Bottle of French rose wine by Château Minuty

M Rosé 2021

Château Minuty
Hand pouring rose wine into glass from a bottle
Woman sitting and holding a wine glass with rose wine

How to Serve Rosé Wine?

To fully appreciate the qualities of rosé wines, it's essential to serve them with care. Start by chilling the wine to the ideal temperature of 45-55°F (7-13°C), which helps to preserve the delicate flavors and aromas, ensuring a refreshing and delightful experience.

When it comes to glassware, opt for stemmed wine glasses with a round, bowl-shaped design to better appreciate the wine's aroma and flavor. A tulip-shaped glass, slightly narrower at the top, is also an excellent option for concentrating the wine's delicate bouquet.

Decanting is not strictly necessary for most rosé wines, but it can help remove any sediment and open up the flavors, especially for more complex or aged rosés. If you decide to decant your rosé, do so for 15-30 minutes before serving.

When pouring your rosé, fill the glass to about one-third or halfway, leaving enough room for the wine to breathe and allowing you to better appreciate its aroma. Then, take your time to sip and savor the wine, paying attention to its color, aroma, and taste. Note the harmony of flavors and how the wine complements your chosen dish.

In recent years, rosé wines have transcended their reputation as a simple summer beverage, capturing also the attention of more sophisticated wine enthusiasts. These elegant and versatile wines have proven to be delightful companions for a wide array of dishes and occasions. With a growing appreciation for their subtle complexities and unique characteristics, rosé wines have secured their place in the esteemed realm of fine wines. As you explore the world of rosé wines, let your palate be your guide and savor the captivating journey that awaits you.

Explore our selection to effortlessly curate the ideal rosé experience while hosting a French Riviera themed dinner party within the comfort of your own home:

White wine glasses by JoyJolt

Layla white wine glasses

JoyJolt
Set of crystal bowl-shaped wine glasses by Ailtec

Crystal wine glasses, bowl-shaped

AILTEC
Large wine cooler on stand by American Metalcraft

Large wine cooler on stand, silver

American METALCRAFT, Inc.
Golden ice bucket on stand by Pioplex

Stainless steel ice bucket on stand, golden

Pioplex
Wine bottle digital thermometer with LCD by Cork Genius

Wine Bottle Digital Thermometer with LCD

Cork Genius
Wine bottle stopper by Sunwuun

Vacuum wine bottle stoppers

Sunwuun
Wine carrier bag for picnic by Hamilo

Wine bottles carrier bag for picnic

HAMILO
Wine cooler refrigerator by Ivation

12 bottle wine cooler refrigerator

Ivation
French rose wine bottle with yellow striped beach towel and lemons
Bouquet of roses and French rose wine bottles
Beautiful flowers and French rose wine with food
Hand holding a glass of French rose wine by the swimming pool
Beautiful women standing in a beach party with French rose wine
French rose wine bottle and waves on a sandy beach
© Château d'Esclans, Château Minuty

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Lizzie Z.

As a top level corporate executive, Lizzie embarked on a soul-searching journey of adventure and slow living, passionately sharing her insights as the founder of RLM.

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