For years the Bieler family made fantastic rosés and other wines under the Ch. Routas label in
Provence, and Bieler Père et Fils continues that tradition. Located in the heart of southern
France on the sunny hills of Provence, this is a fresh, polished and DRY style of rosé made in
the traditional fashion.
"The Coteaux d'Aix en Provence appellation is in the hills surrounding the town of Aix and is
dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah verses the more Grenache and Cinsault dominated
roses of the Cotes de Provence appellation (which is the larger Provence growing area). We
focused in on the Aix region as we felt that it was the perfect ‘steel fist in the velvet glove' type balance as it yields something with a little more power but all the finesse and beauty that you'd expect from the other parts of Provence.
I must admit that I never felt that Cabernet Sauvignon was a proper rose grape but year after
year, blending session after blending session, I've been proven wrong. In the Coteaux d'Aix,
Cabernet Sauvignon brings a back bone to the wine that is super necessary. With this ‘08
vintage it's 60% of the blend with25% Grenache and 15% Syrah. The terrain is hilly and the soil
is limestone dominated. 2008 is a less intense vintage that the previous years, meaning less
color and fruit opulence. As a result there's more of a floral and citrus component and not quite as rich as palate as the last few years."
- Charles Bieler
People are finally drinking rose'! Yay! This is a great 'starter' rose' for those who can't get over the idea that pink means sweet. This blend has a beautiful nose of strawberries and roses, but on the palate soft fruit notes linger with a crisp, clean finish. This is why rose's are so great--big, bold aroma, but soft, subtle flavors. Great on it's on--chilled, but not cold. Or pairs well with salads, egg dishes (quiche), and light asian fair (nothing too spicy).
I found this wine through blog.wine.com . Was a great hot evening pick. Drank some while cooking. Drank the rest while eating. Went very well with my cedar plank smoked salmon with dill sauce. Strong wine for a rose. Nice fruit tones.