Rosé Wine: Is Oak-Aged Rosé Wine Gilding the Lily?

Jul 25, 2019 02:30 AM EDT | By Staff Reporter

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Rosé Wine: Is Oak-Aged Rosé Wine Gilding the Lily?
Rosé Wine: Is Oak-Aged Rosé Wine Gilding the Lily?
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Rosé wine is made in almost every region in the world, from many different grape varieties. And rose-colored wine is produced in a sweet, dry, sparkling, and even fortified style. Yet the classic style of dry rosé wine from Provence sets the trend that many other wine-producing regions around the world want to emulate.

Classic Un-Oaked Rosé Wine

By its very definition, the objective of rosé wine is to appeal to the eye. This is the reason why the characteristic pale pink color of dry Provence rosé wine is so important. Then, the wine must have the acidity and freshness that will quench a thirst on a hot summer day or warm evening.

Because of the high acidity of the grape varieties used (or early picking of late-ripening grapes), most rosé wines have vibrant acidity. And because of the limestone soil in many Provence vineyards, you will also find vibrant minerality.

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