Good news: no need to give up rosé just because summer is drawing to a close. Simply choose one from the small subset of rosé wines aged in oak barrels, which are more sophisticated than the typical small summer glasses and suitable for special occasions and fine dishes. Often compared to white Burgundy, these wines can even be cellared for several years before tasting, adding even more depth to their already complex flavors.

The winemakers set aside grapes from their best plots to create rosé wines that are both aged and worthy of aging. “Muse de Miraval is the result of a careful selection of the two best and oldest plots of Grenache and Rolle” – you may know the latter as Vermentino – “at the Château de Miraval”, says Marc Perrin, CEO of Famille Perrin, on his family’s entry into the aged rosé category in partnership with Château Miraval. A break from the steel-only style of the château’s daily offering, Muse is vinified in egg-shaped concrete tanks before being aged in 600-liter barrels.

“Thirty years ago, most rosé wines were dead after a year,” explains Jean-François Ott, fourth generation owner of Domaines Ott, who produces three rosé wines from a single estate. But today, he says, “if the quality of the grapes is good at the harvest, and the balance of the wine, its acidity and its structure are regulated, we can certainly age rosé. While the Bandol region, home to Chateau Romassan in south-eastern France, is known for its consistently high-quality supply of rosés, only a handful of vineyards there (and throughout southern France ) age their pink wines. These three are a great starting point for your collection.