It is not of prime importance that this week's wine comes from a 10th century priory with a lovely church and courtyard garden in France's Cotes de Luberon appellation, but it certainly appeals to the romantic in us. And romance, especially summer romance, is what the delicate and nuanced 2010 Chateau Saint-Pierre de Mejans Rosé is all about. Look for it in the $12 range at big box stores and wine shops.
The first appeal is to the eye, seducing us with a shy pale apricot blush. The next is to the nose, a gentle herbal fragrance with the merest hint of raspberry. On the tongue we are rewarded with ripe white nectarine, light raspberry and subtle herbal undertones. Let the wine breathe for a few minutes and honeydew joins the party. This lovely rose is quite dry and drinks fresh and cool, making it a fine aperitif or sundowner, as well as a terrific choice with foods.
Rose is the classic pairing with bouillabaisse but also goes beautifully with just about any shellfish, from raw oysters to steamed mussels. We also would like it with a bountiful salad of summer fruits and goat cheese.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel. For an index and archive of reviews, go to pictograph.com.