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This extraordinary $16 French rosé proves that 2020 was a good year for pink

Image without a captionSpring is here, and the weather is warming, if inconsistently. Let’s welcome rosé season. And here’s some great news: From my initial tastings of 2020 French rosés, the vintage was outstanding. Here are two examples that could almost convince me that I don’t need any others for the summer, they are so good. A caveat though: Shipping woes from the pandemic — even before the Suez Canal incident — have slowed the arrival of wines from Europe and elsewhere. Luckily, there are plenty of this week’s recommendations in stock, including an amazing muscadet from France’s Loire Valley and two juicy, spicy reds from Chile and South Africa.

Peyrassol La Croix Rosé 2020

(Extraordinary)

Méditerranée, France, $17

Peyrassol is a historic winery in Provence, dating from the 1200s when the property was owned by the Knights Templar as a way station on the journey to the Crusades. Peyrassol’s estate wines, especially its rosés, are among the region’s best. The La Croix is made with grapes purchased from growers around the region and priced to be an accessible, affordable entry wine. It offers bright watermelon flavors with a note of wild herbs and salty sea air. Olives at a cafe in St. Tropez, a salade Nicoise overlooking the beach at Nice . . . who needs to travel? The Virginia distributor has not yet brought this wine to market, but should be receiving it soon. ABV: 13 percent.

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This extraordinary $16 French rosé proves that 2020 was a good year for pink