It's been two years since I've walked the sun-drenched, cobble stone streets of Aix-en-Provence. Yet as I sit here and write, I remember everything so vividly. The smell of bread and lavender at the Grande Marché that stretched all the way down the iconic Cours Mirabeau, seeing the Fontaine de la Rotonde stand tall in all its glory, and of course, the taste of well-paired rosé and cheese from a local favorite, Fromagerie du Passage. I will always cherish those wonderful memories, but am thankful I can still travel back to Provence anytime I want...through my wine glass.
When someone asks me why I love wine so much I say the same thing every time. Wine can transport you to a place in time, a place on a map, and even a past memory. If I can't go to Provence right now, I'll bring Provence to me with AIX Rosé. Falling under the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence AOC, AIX Rosé comes from Provence's most celebrated terroirs. Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence is the second largest appellation in the region where production is 84% rosé.
What makes this Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault blend so mouthwatering in a land where over 3,000 hours of sunshine grace the vineyards? We can thank the Mistral wind and a little added altitude (420 meters). The notorious cool wind and diurnal temperature shift from day to night ensures the grapes for AIX Rosé maintain their acidity while still ripening under that Mediterranean sun. The red berry and citrus fruit of this wine dance around with white blossoms, lavender, and an undeniable minerality. It's everything I love about rosé from this region...and it's meant to be shared.
AIX rosé offers bottles in all different sizes from the regular 75cl bottle all the up to a 15L Nebuchadnezzar! This means no matter how many people you are creating memories with, AIX Rosé can be a part of it. Did I mention it pairs incredibly well with a diverse range of food as well? AIX Rosé can take you from apero all the way through dinner without a hitch. Due to its flavor concentration and freshness, you can even sip it with Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines which are sometimes hard to pair due to their pronounced spices.
If you're ready to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of Southern France, you can find AIX Rosé by clicking here. Warning: each bottle is sure to uncork "joie de vivre."
*This article was written in partnership with Aix Rosé