Here’s a cause for celebration: I’ve just had my first 2007 vintage rosé, as sure a sign as any that summer is on the way. It was the cheap but truly lovely Bieler—once again in fine form—and I drank it with a whole chicken rubbed with herbs and cooked on the grill. Divine!
2007 Bieler Père et Fils Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
Grapes: A blend of 70 percent Grenache, 30 percent Syrah
Aging: 100 percent stainless steel, and not for a long time, either. This is a rosé, after all.
Price: $11–$12 suggested retail
My Tasting Notes: Just what you’re looking for in a cheap rosé: watermelon and cherry, clean and crisp, and great with strong-flavored foods, especially anything saturated in garlic.