Summertime, and the rosé drinkin’ is easy. Very pale pink, with a light floral, plum, and oak on the nose. Drinks as one would expect of a decent rosé, with some vanilla and citrus on the palate, although the acidity strikes me as undernourished. Don’t drink chillingly cold as it does seem to tamp down the wine; let it warm up a bit first. Finishes pleasantly but not long. Not terribly striking, but does seem to compel one to reach for the phone to order Thai or Indian carryout. Recommended.

WHO: Chauteau d’Esclans, Domaine Sacha Lichine
WHAT: Grenache blend
WHERE: Côtes de Provence, France
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $35 (Media sample)

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