Cotes du Rhone Rose
Definition - What does Cotes du Rhone Rose mean?
Côtes du Rhône Rosé, is a rosé wine produced in the Rhône Valley region of France under the regulations of the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). Côtes du Rhône is made from the primary grape variety of Grenache, with Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah being supplemental grape varieties.
Under the regulations of the AOC, Côtes du Rhône Rosé wines must be made from a blend of 70% of the primary and supplemental grape varieties, a maximum of 20% white grape varieties and no more than 10% Marselan.
WineFrog explains Cotes du Rhone Rose
Côtes du Rhône Rosé wines are made specifically to produce an exceptional Rosé drinking wine. Vintners blend the varietals according to the regulations of the AOC. The Rhône Valley has been a prominent winemaking region in France since the ancient era, and the regulations of the AOC protect and preserve the winemaking styles and traditions of the region.
The grape varieties used to produce Côtes du Rhône Rosé wines ensure that the wines not only have a vibrant rose color, but also a full body and exceptional fruity flavors. Côtes du Rhône Rosé wines range in color from blush pink, raspberry and even a bright salmon color; the color of the Rosé is determined by the blend of grape varieties and the wine making process. Côtes du Rhône Rosé wines have pronounced red fruit flavors of cherry and strawberry as well as floral and herb characteristics, which complement the medium to full body and smooth mouthfeel of the wine.