The sun is shining and the weather warming up, and that means Rosé.
These days the refreshing, pale pink wines of Provence seem to be the favourite. With their light body and elegant fruit, they make perfect ice bucket wines for the summertime. We have shipped the wonderful wines of Domaine St Andre de Figuière for years, they are one of the best Provencal domaines. But other rosés are available and should not be overlooked, especially to accompany food. It’s no secret that we love Pinot Noir, perhaps less well known is how good its rosés are! From Sancerre we have Delaporte’s, its vivid red fruit underpinned by a touch of smoke from the Silex soils it is grown on. And finally, from Domaine Joseph Roty, we have a Marsannay Rosé from old vines, a beautiful copper tinge to its colour, a singular rosé made in the Roty’s uncompromising style which demands a few years in the bottle.
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Saint André de Figuière Rosé Méditerranée 2019, Provence
£10.74 per bottle inc VAT
Produced from a blend of Cabernet, Syrah, Cinsault & Grenache the Rosé Méditerranée is all about crisp bright fruit and breezy, juicy acidity. Pale pink, full of red fruits and finishing with a touch of refreshing orange peel bitterness. A perfect quaffing Rosé.
Saint André de Figuière Rosé Première 2018, Provence
£17.45 per bottle inc VAT
A different beast, the Première blends organic Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Grenache grown on schist soils veined with white quartz. This adds an extra tension and minerality to the wine, giving it an almost saline spine, which is refreshing and attractive. Its colour, palest pink, hides concentrated wild strawberry fruit alongside notes of spice, citrus, peach and white flower. Although just as pleasurable to drink its added intensity means it works with a wide range of foods, from simple grilled fish through cream sauces and even a barbecued sausage or two. Don’t say it too loudly, but this is a better than heavenly wine.
Domaine Delaporte Sancerre Rosé 2018
£19.50 per bottle inc VAT
100% Pinot Noir. Hand harvested, as with all the domaine’s wines, the grapes are pressed as soon as they get to the winery, giving the wine its vibrant colour. I loved this last summer and a bottle at the weekend showed it has only got better with a winter in the bottle. On the palate its well concentrated with a round texture and redcurrant and raspberry fruit with a little citrus peel spice to finish. A stylish rosé for lovers of classical wines.
Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay Rosé 2015
£18.72 per botte inc VAT
Marsannay is the only village of the Cote d’Or proper which produces rosé under its own name, much of it rather dull. But Roty and a few hardy colleagues show what can be achieved when yields are kept low and the grapes are carefully vinified. Think ripe strawberry fruit with a cool, limestone infused grip and a little earthy complexity. The 2015 is developing nicely, beginning to add notes of dried herbs and blood orange as well as a little smoke and spice. Particularly good with Charcuterie. This isn’t an everyday rosé, but it is sublimely delicious and everyone should try a bottle or three!