2018 Cote des Roses rosé

Grape(s): Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault

Producer: Gérard Bertrand

Where: Where eyes can see. I've found this in co-ops, grocery stores and boutiques all over France and California

Good god this wine is everywhere! I had to try it. Plus, I’ve been in a rosé way lately, so I grabbed it up. Former French rugby player, Gérard Bertrand, owns 15 wine estates in Languedoc-Roussillon, including a 38-room 3 star hotel with wine boutique, restaurant (L’Art de Vivre) and the "promise of a stay in harmony with the elements composing it." The hotel even does vineyard-view weddings: a trend I typically associate with Napa Valley, California. But, why not? The sun shines just as bright in the south of France and the sky is blue as blue in L-R, too.

Cote des Roses proclaims itself as a tribute to the Mediterranean life. Mélitine Courvoisier (that fabulous name!), a young French designer from the École Boulle in Paris, created the chiseled sculpture – wait, look again – rose shaped base. I noticed this wine about a year ago and the look alone made curious about the contents. From a design and marketing standpoint, it really is a work of creative genius. I may be behind on this one having only come to Instagram six months ago, but I’m sold. So, pop that glossy Vinoseal and let’s get in it.

Pale pink and delicately fragranced, it hits all the right Mediterranean rosé notes of lightly ripened stone and tropical fruit cradled by soft pink flower petals. With a lively acidity, it lifts the palate to a happy place all the way through to the tasty finish. I can see why it’s trending: easy, uncomplicated, versatile and sexy. Elegant enough to gift and perfectly priced to pick up a second as a little sumthin’-sumthin’ for date night. Three sips in and the flavor falls a bit in the glass requiring a top-up to restore the buoyancy of the first taste. Otherwise, this wine rules on looks and the filling is pleasurable enough to carry the mood.