From Côtes de Provence in France, the Chateau Roubine La Vie en Rosé is in the top 4% of wines in the world. It looks, smells, and tastes like a fairytale.
It’s made with Shiraz/Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault grapes that are harvested at night, so it benefits from low-temperature skin maceration, revealing all the aromas.
And what aromas! Smelling of strawberries and melon, this light, dry rosé wine comes in a beautiful orangey-pink color. On the palate, it has notes of berries, peach, melon, and subtle hints of orange and grapefruit.
It’s a crisp and clear wine, evoking countryside summers filled with flowers and gentle breezes.
Have this Côtes de Provence classic as an aperitif. Serve with some tapenades, like small slices of bread with black olives. Its light sweetness pairs beautifully with salty, crumbly cheese, like halloumi, or feta.
You can also enjoy a glass of this rosé wine with some delicious ceviche. Or drink it alongside light summer meals, maybe a bouillabaisse.
The area in which the vineyards stand can be connected to the Roman era, when the major Roman road, called Julienne, ran through the property.
But it was the beginning of the 14th century when Chateau Roubine as itself can find its origins, when it was property of the Order of the Templars. It was ceded to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem in 1307. It has since changed hands through the centuries, but has never lost its recognition as a pride of Provence.
In 1955, Chateau Roubine was recognized by decree as “Cru Classé” of the Côtes de Provence, along with only 22 other wineries.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 5 to 7 days standing upright in the refrigerator.