2013 AIX Rosé, $29.95
I have a confession to make. I’m having an affair. My love affair is with Rosé and specifically Rosé from Provence in France. Rosé is huge in France, accounting for more than a quarter of bottled wine sold. We’ve been slower to take it up in Australia and I think we’re the poorer for it, because it has such a synergy with our lifestyle and the way we eat. I’ve tried a few good examples of French Rosé lately and am very excited about this one from one of the largest domains in Coteaux D’Aix-en-Provence. A blend of organically grown Grenache, Syrah (Shiraz) and Cinsault, it is all elegance and class – quite dry, with a crisp acidity that makes it a refreshing aperitif or a wonderful food companion on a sunny day. This is the premium blend from Maison Saint AIX and one of the most popular Rosés on the market in France. 2013 was, by all accounts, a challenging vintage in Provence and yet this little beauty has come up trumps with good length and plenty of rich, spicy notes. The label features a pair of Mandarin ducks – in Chinese culture, a symbol of double happiness. Yay to this love affair! My happiness is complete.