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Seven rosés from Quebec to enjoy

Seven rosés from Quebec to enjoy

Rosés produced right here in Quebec are becoming even more numerous and even more popular. Have you tried them yet?
  • By: Marie Charest
  • July 21, 2017
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If the groundhog and his shadow are the kick-off to spring, then the shelves full of rosés at the SAQ are definitely a sign that summer is just around the corner! Now’s the time to enjoy a refreshing glass of rosé on your terrace, while the sun shines bright in the sky!

When we think of rosés, we immediately think of our French cousins’ wine, especially those hailing from Provence, the rosé capital of the world. But did you know that Quebec vineyards produce some rosés that are just as excellent? Quebec rosés have seen an increase in popularity these past few years, so much so, in fact, that our vineyards have had to increase their production just to keep up with the overwhelming demand!

According to Yvan Quirion, Domaine St-Jacques wine producer and President of l’Association des vignerons du Québec, rosé wine is currently the product enjoying the biggest growth in production (close to 40%) in certified vineyards across Quebec.

Yvan Quirion, Domaine St-Jacques producer and President of l’Association des vignerons du Québec, with the Domaine’s oenologist, Simon Gauthier.

“Without a doubt, rosés from Quebec are gaining in popularity throughout the province,” states Yvan Quirion. “In fact, there has been a noticeable rise in the popularity of light rosés, which resemble the more traditional Provence rosés. However, it must be pointed out that these ‘light rosés’ do not automatically rhyme with ‘dry and acidulous wine’, just as darker rosés do not necessarily translate into higher amounts of residual sugar. The dry rosé from Domaine St-Jacques is a good example of this!” 

Quebec vineyards are increasingly launching themselves into the production of rosé, which means there are loads of good wines to discover this summer. Here are a few of La Belle Province’s must-try bottles!

 

Rivière du Chêne Winery, Le Rosé Gabrielle
With its bouquet of floral notes and red berries, this rosé has an attack that is fresh, soft and fruity. Perfect as an aperitif on the terrace, this rosé pairs delightfylly with trout, salmon, grilled shrimp and poultry.

Vignoble Rivière du Chêne Le Rosé Gabrielle 2019

$15.75

Vignoble Rivière du Chêne Le Rosé Gabrielle 2019

750 mlCanada
Vignoble Rivière du Chêne Le Rosé Gabrielle 2019

Vignoble Rivière du Chêne Le Rosé Gabrielle 2019

$15.75

750 mlCanadaSAQ code : 10817090

 

Domaine du Ridge Champs de Florence
Don’t be fooled by its name, this rosé is definitely 100% “quebecois”! Fresh and soft on the palate, this rosé is characterized by aromas of red berries and pomegranate. Enjoy it alone as an aperitif, or serve it with Mediterranean dishes, mixed salads, white meats and grilled fish.

Domaine du Ridge Champs de Florence 2019

$14.55

Domaine du Ridge Champs de Florence 2019

750 mlCanada
Domaine du Ridge Champs de Florence 2019

Domaine du Ridge Champs de Florence 2019

$14.55

750 mlCanadaSAQ code : 741702

 

Domaine St-Jacques Rosé
With its intense cherry red robe, this rosé will definitely surprise (and delight) you! Far from being a sweet wine, this dry rosé boasts aromas of red berries, with subtle floral undertones. Traditional rosé lovers will be seduced by its fresh taste and supple finish. Versatile, it pairs beautifully with grilled dishes, pasta with rosé sauce, salads and pink-fleshed fish, such as a delicious salmon filet grilled on the BBQ!

Domaine St-Jacques 2019

$15.95

Domaine St-Jacques 2019

750 mlCanada
Domaine St-Jacques 2019

Domaine St-Jacques 2019

$15.95

750 mlCanadaSAQ code : 11427544

 

Coteau Rougement Versant Rosé
This rosé presents aromas of red berries with floral notes. It is fresh and fruity on the palate with a touch of spicy undertones. Enjoy it with Mediterannean dishes, seafood, pink-fleshed fish, or simply as an aperitif on your terrace.

Coteau Rougemont Versant 2019

$14.95

Coteau Rougemont Versant 2019

750 mlCanada
Coteau Rougemont Versant 2019

Coteau Rougemont Versant 2019

$14.95

750 mlCanadaSAQ code : 12644153

 

Domaine Les Brome Détente
A sweet wine, this rosé showcases bright flavours of wild raspberries and strawberries. Great to have as an aperitif, it can also be enjoyed with sandwiches and salads and is best served chilled.

Léon Courville Vigneron Cuvée Détente 2019

$14.95

Léon Courville Vigneron Cuvée Détente 2019

750 mlCanada
Léon Courville Vigneron Cuvée Détente 2019

Léon Courville Vigneron Cuvée Détente 2019

$14.95

750 mlCanadaSAQ code : 11686626

 

Les Vents d’Ange Marie-Rose
With its intense nose and aromas of strawberries, raspberries and honey, this refreshing rosé recalls notes of red berry jam. Pair it with grilled white meats and fish.

Les Vents d'Ange Marie-Rose 2019

$13.00

Les Vents d'Ange Marie-Rose 2019

750 mlCanada
Les Vents d'Ange Marie-Rose 2019

Les Vents d'Ange Marie-Rose 2019

$13.00

750 mlCanadaSAQ code : 12123657

 

Vignoble de la Bauge Rozez
This medium-dry rosé with aromas of field berries, cherry stone and white pepper is well balanced and fresh on the palate. Perfect to have with pineapple chicken, grilled pork and exotic fruit skewers and seafood.

Vignoble de la Bauge Rosez 2017

$14.50

Vignoble de la Bauge Rosez 2017

750 mlCanada
Vignoble de la Bauge Rosez 2017

Vignoble de la Bauge Rosez 2017

$14.50

750 mlCanadaSAQ code : 10850615

 

Keep your eyes peeled for the other Quebec rosés offered at the SAQ, especially with the warm weather just around the corner! Summer is the perfect opportunity to discover our province’s rosé wines and enjoy them all summer long. Share your favourites on social media!

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