Feel the Berne
Château de Berne Terres de Berne Rosé 2016
I was first introduced to this beautiful Provençal winery by a dear friend of mine. She is lucky enough to have grandparents who actually live in Provence, enjoying what I can only imagine is the dreamiest of existences surrounded by lavender fields, exotic birds, and castles; where they eat the most delicious food every day and sip nothing but the most fabulous wines; where they spend their days by the sea and their evenings crowded around long tables laughing and telling stories. Where I would love to be any moment of every day, pleaseandthankyouverymuch!
But, alas, it can’t be so. Not for me – but for my friend Sarah, who regularly visits her grandparents, it’s at least a little bit of a reality. After one visit, she returned with a bottle of rosé – purchased on a winery tour one hot, summer afternoon – just for me. And it was good. It was everything I wanted in a Provençal rosé in a weird, square package. So I drank it all up and went back to dreaming of those lavender fields and seaside walks.
Then, a year later, that same wine turned up at the LCBO. Then another year later, it turned up again. And then this year, it was back once more. And I realized I wasn’t dreaming, I could have this barely pink soft sipper on the regular.
And so can you.
Where do I even start with Château de Berne? It’s a historical property that’s been growing grapes for centuries, modernized in the 1990s, farms sustainably, and uses gravity-flow in the winery to create delightful wines that capture terroir. It’s also – get this – a hotel and spa where you can sleep amongst the vines (not literally), swim, and dine at their Michelin-starred restaurant. Oh, and sample their delicious wines of course.
So while this bottle is redolent of summer fruits and flowers, has that salty plush acidity that makes Provençal so drinkable, I will forever drink it dreaming of a vacation to the château itself where I can drink directly from the source.
Although another bottle (or two) might help tide me over for a bit. Maybe.
Nose: Peaches, strawberries, salt, and summer fields.
Palate: The palate totally follows, with a delightfully structured plushness that balances the high acidity. It’s ridiculously refreshing and paired really well with fried chicken. The summer fruits dance on your tongue in this really lovely way, and as the glass warms up a bit the florality steps up a notch and it joined by garrigue – the code name for herbes de Provence mixed with lavender and the low-growing shrubbery of the region. It’s like drinking Provence in a glass, and I like it.