We tried 6 of McKinney Wine Merchant's most affordable bottles of Rosé -
and here are our favorites!
Summer is coming and that means it's time for tank tops, pool trips and… ROSÉ season! This beautiful blush beverage has grown tremendously in popularity over the past several years and with so many bottles on the market it can be hard to know which one to try. When we wonder about wine there's one guy we call - Andy at the McKinney Wine Merchant, a charming little wine shop in downtown McKinney.
Andy packed up 6 bottles of rosé (ranging from $11.99 to $16.99) and came to Cassie's house to lead our group through a blind rosé tasting. All the rosés were a 2018 vintage and all were from France (although rosés can come from all over the world). We tried 3 at a time, not knowing which was which. We discussed the flavors of each one as we went and ranked our favorites, and least favorites. Scroll down to see our personal rankings of all 6 bottles, and discover which ones were the crowd favorites.
Make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday June 8th because it’s National Rosé Day and we’ll be co-hosting a complimentary rosé tasting at McKinney Wine Merchant from 12-3!! You’ll be able to try these wines for yourself so stop in and let us know which one you like the best! ***Click HERE for event details!***
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Ayet Rosé, Sud de France (Cassie's top pick)
The roundest bottle we tasted of the day. Smooth texture with little to no tannins. Faint tropical flavors of banana and guava.
If you're a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, you'll probably enjoy this bottle. Great for a hot summer day, this light and refreshing bottle is slightly tropical but not too sweet.
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Cochon Volant Rosé, Corbières
Light and bright rosé with faint herbs and slight white flower aroma.
This was a crowd pleaser, ranking within everyone's top 3 of the day. This is a very easy drinking rosé, and is great for summer poolside or patio days.
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Domaine de la Rosière, Vin de Savoie (Megan's top pick)
Beautiful blush color with faint fruit flavors and a fine acidity.
Refreshingly fruity but not sweet. A solid choice for any self respecting rosé lover.
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Château Vingtinières, Côte de Provence
This was the driest of all the rosés we tried. It's very light, and has a steely quality with a high minerality.
This rosé fell to the bottom of both our lists. The lack of flavor and the mineraly taste isn't up our alley. But for those who don't want an overpowering wine or for those who aren't big on fruity wines, this could be a good choice.
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Château de Paraza, Minervois
This bottle has a nice blush color and the wine is a crisp dry with a slightly bitter edge.
Of the two dry rosés we tried, this one is more favored. It is still very subtle in flavor, but it has a refreshing crispness to it.
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Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault, Chinon
This bottle had a lot of flavor. Slightly fruity, with hints of blood orange and a barely discernible smoky finish.
This one is a great summer wine- fruity and fresh. It was a crowd pleaser at our wine tasting, and made it in both of our top 3 picks.
What we learned during our tasting...
Rosé is a great casual wine that can help you cool off this summer. It typically pairs well with salad, chicken, shellfish, and cold dishes.
A common misconception about rosé is that the pinker it is, the more flavor you'll get. This isn't necessarily true, and you shouldn't buy your bottle based on color (although the rosey pink is pretty). A more pink rosé just means more time on the skin during the maceration process, and a heavily pink rosé can be fruity or dry.
Rosés are meant to be enjoyed fresh. You shouldn't be drinking anything older than 2017, otherwise flavor gets compromised. And, the colder the better!
All wines tasted were 2018 vintage and French. All but 2 are made from a blend of red Rhone varieties (e.g. Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre). The Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault, Chinon is 100% Cabernet Franc and the Domaine de la Rosière, Vin de Savoie is 100% Gamay.
National Rosé Day Tasting Event June 8
Come join us as we co-host a complimentary Rosé Tasting at McKinney Wine Merchant Saturday June 8 from 12-3. Hurry in because there will be a free freeze cup for the first 15 people to arrive to the tasting! Click HERE for all the details... we can't wait to see you there!