June is here, and in wine shops and on restaurant wine lists that can only mean one thing: The rosés have arrived.
For the next three months, the world will be awash in rosés. When the summer ends, they will disappear, consigned to dusty back shelves until the calendar again grants permission to sip pink.
Guess what? Not all rosés are from Provence. The south of France has probably done more than anywhere to shape the relaxed, poolside mythology of rosé, and to influence how rosés are presented. But pink wines are made worldwide.
Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rosé 2018 (Rosenthal Wine Merchant, New York) $30
The Lucien Crochet is from Sancerre. Let’s face it, rosé comes from pretty much anywhere in France. It’s just marketed a little more forcefully these days since the demand is so great. This one is made from pinot noir, the traditional red grape in Sancerre.