spring of 2009 the winemakers of southern France was surprised by new
from the EU headquarters in Brussels that may make it legal to produce
pink wine looking
like Rosé-wine, from a mix of red and white wines.
to say this has stirred emitions among winemakers who for the last 10-20
through costly and labourious work finally are gaining acceptance for
their Rosé wines,
produced directly from grapes.
the outcome of this will be is presently (begin april 2009) very uncertain.
There are large industrial groups with interest to exploit this fast growing
preference for fresh pink wines.
They seem to have been lobbying for some time behind the scenes in Brüssels
to prepare for this initiative,
as the winemakers of southern France became aware of it when it was almost
too late to file for protest.
A decision date now seem to have been set for mid june 2009 for approbation
or rejection in Brüssels.
on Rosé wines:
rosé (From French: rosé, ‘pinkish’) wine has some of the color typical
of a red wine,
but only enough to turn it pink. The pink color can range from a pale
orange to a vivid
near-purple, depending on the grapes and wine making techniques.
process for french Rosé wines : Skin contact
Rosé wine is made in a range of colors, from a pale orange to a vivid
depending on the grapes, additives and wine making techniques.The first
is used when
rosé wine is the primary product. Red-skinned grapes are crushed and the
allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically
two or three days.
The grapes are then pressed, and the skins are discarded rather than left
throughout fermentation (as with red wine making). The skins contain much
of the strongly
flavored tannin and other compounds, which leaves the taste more similar
to a white wine.
The longer that the skins are left in contact with the juice, the more
intense the color
of the final wine.
rosé was quite a delicate, dry wine, exemplified by Anjou rosé from the
In fact the original claret was a pale ('clairet') wine from Bordeaux that
would probably now be
described as a rosé. Weißherbst is a type of German rosé made from only
one variety of grape.
the Second World War, there was a fashion for medium-sweet rosés for mass-market
the classic examples being Mateus Rosé and the American "blush"
wines of the 1970's (see below).
The pendulum now seems to be swinging back towards a drier, 'bigger' style.
These wines are made from
Rhone grapes like Syrah, Grenache and Carignan in hotter regions such
as Provence, the Languedoc and
Australia. In France, rosé has now exceeded white wines in sales. In the
United States a record 2005
California crop has resulted in an increased production and proliferation
of varietals used for rosés, as
winemakers chose to make rosé rather than leave their reds unsold.