Wine Review: Fun, Fresh, ‘Tout Naturel’ French Rosé

True confession: I’m not a big rosé drinker. Sure, I’ll have a glass of it on a hot day, but you won’t catch me pounding down the pink wine like it’s summer water. I’ve had too many cheap, overly sweet rosés that leave my palate unfulfilled and my head pounding the next day. So I admit I was skeptical about trying the rosé at the Soil Expedition wine tasting at Biondivino last week.

But  presentation can really win me over in the game of Wine Wars. This bottle had some amazing Butterfly Effect cover art on the label. Plus a Magnum bottle was involved so I was immediately impressed. I held the glass to my nose, taking in an intoxicating whiff of vine-ripened strawberries with a hint of juicy nectarines. Like the butterfly on the label, I felt as though had landed on a delicate sun-kissed garden flower and was ready to soak up its sweet French nectar (ok so maybe that’s a bee, but you get my point!)

As I lifted the liquid to my lips, a burst of bright bubbles danced on my tongue, bringing my palate into a state of pure bliss. I felt light and bright — like a kid discovering Pop Rocks for the first time. It’s simply incredible when a wine can transport your mind back in time. Who needs a DeLorean when you have a bottle of fizzy fermented grape juice?!  I was so enamored by this youthful sensation that I actually started to do a little shimmy in the store. We’ll call it my happy wine dance.

The Milan hit all the right notes for my ideal rosé profile. Good wine-to-carbonation ratio? Check. Delicate fruit and floral finish? Check. Sweet enough to entice the senses without sending your teeth into cavity overdrive? Check, check. I was also super stoked to find out that this wine was Non dosé – meaning no sugar added during fermentation. Overall I would give this wine an 8.25 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being Solar-Eclipse-of-the-Heart-Level OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!)

This was a light and cheery rosé suitable for a wide range of places and palates  — and certainly one I could get behind drinking all damn day.


Brief History:

Domaine Milan occupies prime real estate in the holiday town of St Remy de Provence (think Van Gogh paintings). The vineyards are framed by both suburban estates and the famous nearby mountains that provide climatic protection for the vineyards. Here, Henri Milan crafts elegant wines without using chemicals, additives, commercial yeasts and, in some cases, no added sulphur. Henri’s passion for wine is deeply rooted (literally!) – he planted his first vine at the tender age of 8. Since then he’s worked alongside his winemaker father, Robert, until eventually taking over the estate to produce his own wines in 1986.


Fun Facts:

NAME:  Domaine Milan Vin de France Brut Nature Rosé 2015
VARIETAL: 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah
PRODUCER: Henri Milan
METHOD: Methode Traditionnelle
CATEGORY: Rosé, organic
REGION: Provence, France
VINTAGE: 2015