Rosé From Beaujolais!

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Have you tasted rosé from Beaujolais yet? I know when I think of this French wine region, I instantly think of Beaujolais Nouveau and some amazing Cru wines I have tasted, that are red. Thanks to some friends over at Sopexa, I had the opportunity of tasting some beautiful rosés from this region!

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Rosé I enjoy year-round, however, in the summer I definitely drink it way more. Beaujolais is known for the Gamay grape, which has thin skins, and soft tannins. These wines are lighter in body and high in acidity making them great for any occasion. This area of France is technically in the Burgundy region and is also close to Rhone, however, they differ very much stylistically.

I had the pleasure of tasting some of the fantastic rosé wines from this region. I was wildly impressed with some of them and really can’t wait to try more. The Gamay grape varietal when grown and produced well makes a really fresh, flavorful, and fun wine! Some of the favorites that I have tried are below and go great with summer foods including BBQ Pork Ribs, Lamb, Burgers, Grilled Fish, and so much more. I would also not shy away from these during the fall and have highlighted some of my favorites that I think would ideally pair with fall foods.

Louis Jadot Rosé 2019: 100% Gamay with striking orange blossom, and red berries. It’s very light in color and tastes great with a nice chill. I really enjoyed the freshness of this wine, and how well it pairs with Mediterranean dishes! $13.99

Domaine Dupeuble 2019 Beaujolais Rose: This rosé is quite a stunner! Vinified and aged in stainless steel, using the direct press to crush the grapes, this wine is deeper in color and full of luscious berry notes. Overall it’s really quite lovely and can be enjoyed with grilled summer favorites, as well as foods heading into the fall such as butternut squash, parmesan risotto, and pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage! $15.99

Domaine des Terres Dorées 2018 Le Rosé d’Folie Rosé: A soft wine with nice perfume character and bold red fruit. The winery releases small quantities of this rosé every year and it’s always fun! This wine boasts bright strawberry and tanginess with minerality and a nice tart finish. This wine is ideal with cheese boards, baked brie, and baked clams. $16

Château Thivin Beaujolais Villages Rosé 2018– Beaujolais Rosé is a rare find, however here in the USA we have access to some fantastic options! This wine is full of fresh fruit and acidity, with some watermelon notes. I love the Gamay grape, and in this wine, it is highlighted very well! A rosé like this is something fresh, fun, and inviting. The finish is nice and long-lasting, making this wine ideal for burgers, pork shoulder, and kebabs! $17.99 

If you’re seeking some rosés that are ideal for the end of summer and even the cooler fall weather, I absolutely recommend some of these wonderful wines! They are really special, and often overlooked when it comes to summer rosés, but should be in your must purchase pile as soon as possible.

Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly!

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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