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Please recommend your favorite French Rose. Thanks!

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  1. Assuming you mean still wines (and not sparkling)...

    Charles Joguet Chinon Rose
    Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose
    Domaine Fontsainte "Gris de Gris," Corbieres Rose

    1. Also, presuming you mean still (non-sparking) wines . . . and in alphabetical order . . .

      From the Loire:
      Charles Joguet Chinon Rosé
      Domaine Raffault Chinon Rosé

      From Provence:
      Château Pibarnon Bandol Rosé
      Domaine Fontsainte "Gris de Gris" Corbieres Rosé
      Domaine Ott "Château de Selle" Côtes de Provence Rosé
      Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé
      Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence Rosé

      From the Rhône:
      Château de Ségriès Tavel Rosé
      Domaine de la Mordorée Tavel Rosé
      Domaine de la Mordorée Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé

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      1. re: zin1953

        Second--or third--the Fontsainte Corbières, a delicious value. Château Pourcieux from Provence is also a nice value, and suddenly it seems all over NYC.

        1. re: bob96

          A bottle of the Fontsainte got frozen by mistake last weekend.
          Someone took it home, I'll have to ask how it showed after freezing. The cork pushed out about an inch and the frozen part in the neck was clear and looked like pure water.

      2. Depending on where you are, many producers from Tavel, should work for you. Rather than list producers, some of whom you might not have available, I will issues a very broad rec.

        Good luck, and enjoy,


        1. Check out the 2009 Château Barbanau, L’Instant, Côtes de Provence Rosé. At $15, it is a dead ringer for Tempier Bandol... -mJ

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          1. re: njfoodies

            <Check out the 2009 Château Barbanau, L’Instant, Côtes de Provence Rosé. At $15, it is a dead ringer for Tempier Bandol... >

            And you find that where? Is it mostly Mourvedre?

            When I'm splurging and can find it (not an easy combination to realize) I prefer Tempier Bandol Rose.

            Really love Mas de Gourgonnier's rose, but it's also increasingly difficult to find.

            No one's mentioned Lopez de Heredia's excellent Rosado. ;)

            1. re: ChefJune

              «No one's mentioned Lopez de Heredia's excellent Rosado.»

              Prolly 'cuz the OP was asking for French rosé reccos, wot?

          2. The 2007 R. Dubois & Fils Bourgogne is one of the best roses I've had. It was $11 a bottle, so I believe it was a bleed off, to boot.
            Also a fan of several from Tavel and Bandol. More hits than misses there, it seems.

            1. I am partial to Commanderie de la Bergemone (from Provence)

              1. Domaine Tempier's Bandol rosé
                Bruno Clair's Marsannay rosé
                Domaine d'Alzipratu's Cuvée Fiumeseccu rosé from Corse Calvi

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                1. re: carswell

                  We had the 2009 Tempier rose' at a brasserie lunch on friday. Some years I feel that it's not worth the extra money. Not this time. Absolutely glorious in 2009 with perfect pitch.

                  Another lovely rose' from the region is Terrebrune Bandol, for a much lower cost than Tempier.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Mas de la Rivière is an excellent Bandol rosé, at much friendlier prices than the Tempier.