The arrival of the first 2015 rosés from the south of France is a cause for celebration. It's a sure sign that spring has arrived. Typically, you want to consume rosés in their youth, when they are at their charming and refreshing best. Some do evolve nicely, which is the case for one of the top picks here.
2015 Chateau des Deux Rocs, $14
A blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache Noir from Cabrières, a region in France's Languedoc known for its excellent rosés. It's a salmon pink pour, slightly darker than the Commanderie, with bright ruby tinges around the edge. Offering zesty watermelon and orangesicle aromas, the flavors center on crisp lime backed by subtle pomegranate with spicy citrus peel on the finish.
2015 La Commanderie de la Bargemone, $18
This Provence house was founded by the Knights Templar in the 13th century. The palest of pinks, the color belies the rich fruit flavors on the palate. Opens with fresh spring green aromas with lively clover backing the strawberry and tropical fruit. Oh-so-crisp and refreshing on the palate, you get heady citrus, subtle stone fruit and a long, brisk, bone-dry finish.
2014 Mas de Gourgonnier, $19
This certified organic wine is from the Les Baux-de-Provence, the first appellation to require its vineyards to be farmed biodynamically. It opens with strawberry rhubarb and tangerine aromas with a touch of black pepper. The flavors lean toward cherry, raspberry and currant with a richness and structure that probably comes from the Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. A bigger styled rosé that's drinking beautifully now.