With Summer in full swing, what better way to celebrate than with a chilled glass of something pink. Rosé is very much on trend at the moment, in fact, us blokes seem to be quaffing back more than the girls! So, with a plethora of choices on the shelf which ones should you pick?
M de Minuty Rosé 2016 Côtes de Provence – Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren – Majestic £12.99
Overlooking the Med, on the Saint Tropez Peninsula, Chateau de Minuty produces Rosé in a classic Provence Style, Pale Salmon Pink, delicate on the nose with gentle notes of strawberry and citrus fruits. On the Palate, it’s a fresh burst of acidity that gives this wine a beautiful lively feel. Notes of candied fruit and citrus continue to give a wonderful and unusual length to the finish. The added inclusion of the relatively unknown Tibouren grape, almost exclusively Provencal, makes this an ideal choice for pairing with salads, fish and BBQ’s alike.
Whispering Angel 2016 Côtes de Provence – Caves D’Esclans – Sacha Lichine – Grenache, Cinsault, Vermentino – Amazon £16.99
Prime sites in and around the La Motte area of Provence, really give this wine and interesting character. Pale coral in colour, and with a nose of citrus, candied fruit, with a delicate floral edge. On the palate it’s got body, although dry there is a wonderful focussed acidity, delivering notes of grapefruit, red fruit and citrus finishing with a streak of silky minerality. Defiantly up there with the more complex of Rosé and pairing fantastically with grilled fish or seafood. Certainly, one to raise an eyebrow this summer.
Mas Sibert – Saramon – Vin De France – Sangiovese, Syrah – Grape Opportunities £11.25
The first of the Languedoc Rosé’s – This offering from Garrigiste producer Mas Sibert, is a real star, using the unusual blend of Sangiovese and Syrah, this is an altogether different wine from the Pale Provence style. A beautiful blood Rosé, colour and a bouquet of cherry, white flowers and red fruits, this wine delivers freshness and complexity. On the palate, it’s wonderfully structured and bursting with red fruit, fresh strawberries and cherry. There is both balance and body to this, and it pairs perfectly with Pizza and salad, or even just on its own…
Domaine Balliccioni – Tradition Rosé – AOP Faugeres – Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah – Grape Opportunities £10.99
Domaine Balliccioni produces a wonderful array of wines all representative of the unique terroir that is found in the Faugeres region, and this Rosé really underlines that. A gentle almost pink grapefruit colour, with a nose of red fruits, and wild garrigue. There is a real burst of acidity, making the prominent notes of red fruit and citrus standout. This is one fresh style of Rosé, finishing with a gentle minerality and a kiss of wild herbs, an excellent example from a passionate producer. Balanced and with great length, this is ideal with salad, goats cheese and grilled meats.
So, who makes the best Rosé? Is it the pale pink Provencal’s or the underrated Languedoc’s that triumph? Well the answer after extensive research and more than Just a quick Slurp is…. France. Quite simply the French produce Rosé wine better than anyone else in the world, and whilst there are regional variations in terms of terroir and grape variety, you simply can’t go wrong with anything from our French friends. – so, remember it’s not just your nose that goes pink in the Sun – why not treat yourself to something chilled, think pink. The future is indeed Rosé
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