No airport or queues for me. Sometimes a glass of rosé is enough to make me feel on vacation. Especially if it's delicious, like these.
Clos Bellane, Côtes du Rhône 2021, Altitude, France
21.95 $ – SAQ code 12513567 – 13% – <1.2 g/L – Organic
The Grenache vines that make up this rosé from Stéphane Vedeau are grown organically, at an altitude of 410 meters in the town of Valréas, one of the highest and coolest areas of the southern Rhône. Vedeau vinifies them with indigenous yeasts and year after year produces a wine of great purity. Freshness is at its peak in 2021, a year with atypical weather, and the wine surprises with its vigor, without sacrificing aromatic complexity and bitterness, essential to its length and gastronomic potential. A serious rosé. At this price, stock it up while it lasts. It will go fast!
Côte de Champlain, Coquillages Rosé 2021, IGP Vin du Québec
$15.10 – SAQ code 14575294 – 11.5% – <1.2 g/L
Don't be fooled by its outdated label. This rosé wine made from Seyval Noir, Frontenac Gris and Vidal is a very nice addition to the SAQ repertoire. The attack on the palate is fresh, almost saline, with pretty bitterness that highlights small red fruits and peach. Dry, straight, quirky and couldn't be more recommendable at $15 and a little. A great discovery to make for the weekend!
*** $ 1⁄2
Domaine Léoube, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2021, Love by Léoube, France
$27.05 – SAQ code 13711901 – 13% – 1 g/L – Organic
Léoube overlooks the town of Bormes-les-Mimosas, in the Var, itself located on the shores of the Mediterranean. Cinsault and Grenache (plus a touch of Mouvèdre) are grown organically and give a rosé wine that is most Provençal. The acidity plays back, but the mouth is salty and thirst-quenching. White and red fruits mingle with notes of flowers and fresh almonds, the palate is crystalline and elegant. Just arrived at the SAQ. This is one of the best rosés of the summer.
**** $$ 1⁄2