I recently had the pleasure of tasting some incredible Château de Berne Rosés! This winery is a leading producer of high quality, dry rosés from Provence, France. Located in Lorgues, which is nearly 25 miles from the Mediterranean sea, this estate dates back to the 12th century. The winery is committed to producing authentic rosés and sharing them in the context of the Provençal way of life!
The estate underwent renovations in 1995 and was transformed into an outstanding wine tourism destination you can visit, taste at, and explore. Today, Château de Berne is a five-star Relais & Châteaux property, offering luxurious hotel rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jardin de Benjamin, a spa, cooking school and 330 acres of vineyards. If you’re into food, wine, agritourism, and spas… this is the place for you!
In NYC, I was able to taste through the lineup and it’s fantastic! The Château de Berne Emotion 2017 is young and lively with refreshing notes of rose petal, strawberry, and minerality. The influence from the Mediterranean is noticeable and is balanced with the notes of the mineral clay and limestone in the soils. This wine has nice freshness from the Grenache, with a nice balance from the Cinsault and Syrah grapes. The 2017 Emotion is absolutely delicious with watermelon and grapefruit, and pairs nicely with cheeses. $16.
What first attracted me to these rosés was the bottles! Each bottle is uniquely different and stylish, making it a great gift as well as an even better tasting wine. I had the pleasure of trying three rosés which were all beautiful. Another rosé that struck my interest was the Château de Berne, 2017 Castle of Berne, Côtes de Provence. Made from Black Grenache and Cinsault grapes, this wine is a striking salmon color with an intense nose of red berries, stone fruit, and citrus which follows through to the palate. $39.99
“The Mediterranean climate with a continental influence of the Château de Berne offers the vineyard a particularly favorable environment for growing vines. The cool nights of the Haut Var ensure a slow and optimal ripening of the grapes, so the harvest is later than on the coast. If the rosés are slowly maturing, structured wines with a certain holding are particularly suited to the food and wine pairing of contemporary cuisine.” – Boutiquevins.chateauberne.com.
Other favorites in the lineup include The 2017 Inspiration, as well as 2017 Urban Provence. Both of these wines come in at around $19-22.00 and make the perfect summer sipping wine. These wines make the perfect gift to bring to backyard parties, summer soirees, rooftops, and more! The beautiful bottles make them a showstopper and conversation piece, but the wine and memories are what everyone will remember the most!
Be sure to grab the lineup, which can be found in wine stores and online. These wines are ideal for seafood, tapas, cheeses and charcuterie, summer salads, and so much more (including bbq!). Eat what you like and drink what you love… please pair responsibly!
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.