BIG MATCH: PUGLIA vs PROVENCE

Summer is closer and there are always events dedicated to Rosé in this period.

Why only in this period?”

Last week I participated to a very interesting tasting, between French rosé and Apulian rosé. Yes, we have played in the home court.

I don’t want to talk about the wines and the poetic descriptions but I want to talk about some reflections made with the speakers and professors.

I never thought about this, but historically rosé wines have always been produced near the coasts. Why? Because the wines are served to pair the typical cuisine, and the typical cuisine of the coasts is quite light, like rosé wines.

There are regions more suitable to make rosé than others. Why? It depends by the grapes and by traditions.

The grapes to make rosé are very important. Very Very important! I learnt that one of the most suitable grape to make rosé is Bombino Nero, because of its quantity of acids and sugars. Acids are important to give freshness and make the wine easy to drink, one of the most important rosé features. Bombino nero is the most important grape to obtain CASTEL DEL MONTE BOMBINO NERO DOCG, in Puglia.

“Why we don’t make rosé only with the more suitable red grapes?”

The market is calling. Rosé trend is increasing. Wineries have to satisfy the requests. It’s the economy. Pink Appeal. 50 rosé shades.

“Yes, but what are the main differences between French Rosé and Apulian Rosé?”

 

Look at the color. From the left to the right: Rosè from Tavel,
Puglia and the last 2 of Provence.

For sure the color. Apulian rosés are more intense and have more structure. French rosés have a lighter color, the typical “Provencal rosé”. In Puglia we are starting to make rosé lighter, always for the market requests. During the tasting we have appreciated one rosé from Tavel, a small French region that produces interesting rosé.

Rosé is NEVER a complex wine. It could reach more complexity with the aging. Yes, rosé wines can be aged. It is not true they are wines to drink within 1-2 year. The wood was used to transport the wines, so also rosé historically was in contact with the wood. Of course, not every rosé is suitable for aging.

Ok, I have understood, do you want to know which were the best rosé?

My friends, we are talking about different style of wines, it is impossible to make comparisons ( and it is useless). What I like is different from what you like.

Have you ever made a comparison between different type of rosé?

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