The world’s most expensive rosé wine has in recent years been Garrus from the Chateau d’Esclans in Côtes de Provence, with a price of “only” €90. The wine is made from the Grenache and Rolle grapes, the self-drained juice for the wine is so light that other rosé wines must be added later for it to get the right colour. The wine is fermented and aged in 600 litres demi-muid barrels. In blind tastings, the wine has been confused with a white Burgundy wine.
But now Garrus and Provence got competition from Languedoc! The very large producer Gérard Bertrand has just released the rosé wine “Clos du Temple” with the price €190! The grape composition is typically Provençal with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre but also some Viognier. On Provençal manner fermentation takes place at low temperature, so that a pale wine is obtained before aging in new oak barrels.
Maybe this is just the first step where Gérard Bertrand, and Languedoc, gets a better rosé wine reputation before launching more pale rosé wines in lower price ranges to compete with the popular wines from Provence?
To learn more about Provence rosé wines, read more in the books “Provence – Vita, röda och även roséviner” and “The Wines of Provence – Tricolour”.