Top Beautiful South Rosés for 2022
18th May 2022
This year sees us release our twentieth offering of wines from the south of France. Our selection of wines from the Beautiful South has become an essential part of the skyline at Stone, Vine & Sun.
As customers, you have embraced the value and quality to be found in this region and that keeps us prospecting and searching for the next emerging estate and with summer approaching, we've chosen our top Top Beautiful South Rosés for 2022.
Rosé has been one of the great growth stories of recent years, and for good reason. Whilst it's becoming more of a year-round choice, cold, crisp rosé in the late spring and summer sunshine is an incredible pairing.
Rosés from Provence are supremely fashionable, and many argue the location is responsible for the most delicious rosés available. With their ever-growing popularity, rosés account for the vast majority of Provence's wine production, ranging from half to almost two-thirds of all the wine produced in the region.
Elegance is a hallmark along with a wonderful vibrancy of fruit. This is apparent in the delicious, prestigious rosés we've selected from Provence as our top picks for 2022.
Here’s our hand-picked top 5 Best Beautiful South Rosés!
- Ferry Lacombe, Mystere, Rosé, IGP Mediterranee, 2021
- Chateau Ferry Lacombe, Naos, Cotes de Provence Rosé, 2021
- Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rosé, Cuvee Anais, 2020
- Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé, Classique, 2021
- Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rosé, Signature, 2021
This is our third vintage of the Mystère Rosé and it's as delicious as ever. It’s a blend of 80% Grenache Noir and 20% Grenache Blanc, a slight change on the previous vintage.
Vibrant and moreish, with notes of grapefruit and flat peach. Incredibly refreshing and perfect for quaffing al fresco. Now-2023.
Naos is a Greek temple or shrine. The Pinot family who run this Château in the Vallée de l’Arc near StMaximin-la-Ste-Baume. They like Greek names for their wines, perhaps because their vineyards lie in the foothills of Mont Olympe (819m.) and the Monts Auréliens.
This is one of their best, from 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah grown on argilo-calcaire soils. Pure and bright salmon pink in appearance. There is a delicious minerality to the wine. Lots of citrus and ripe berry fruit. The finish is very long and there is pleasing depth to it as well. Now-2023.
Amazing aromas of peach juice and pink grapefruit leap out of the glass; followed by the delectable intensity of peach melba and cream. Really well-textured, with a characteristic long and mineral, even saline, finish.
We have lost count of the number of customers who have told us that this wine is the best rosé they have ever tasted. (Note: Not for people who want a rosé that doesn’t taste of anything!) Now-2023
Bandol, a small appellation on the coast east of Marseilles and west of Toulon, produces the finest rosés in the world, based on the Mourvèdre grape which thrives on the sunshine and clay soils. It's a historic wine - the Count of Monte Cristo in Alexandre Dumas' great revenge novel of 1844 liked his glass of Bandol rosé "bien frais"! This is the eighth vintage we have shipped of this example made by Laurence Desblaches, the first female winemaker in Bandol, and her son Nicolas.
Quatre Tours were unfortunately blighted by the frosts that ravaged French vineyards in 2021, but in spite of this 2021 was an excellent vintage. The growing season was long and warm, with temperatures remaining stable. This has produced a wine of wonderful balance and freshness. Based on Grenache, there is pretty red fruit and blossom. A classy wine. Now-2023.
The characteristic Provençale blend based on Syrah and Grenache with Cinsault, from a small co-operative just north of Aix. Very pale pink, with generous fruit and restrained elegance: flavours of white peach, berries and cream (even a pleasing hint of a Strawberry Mivvi!). Satisfying weight and a fine dry finish. Now-2023.
Exclusive to Stone, Vine & Sun
We source our amazing wines from small independent winemakers and as such you’re unlikely to find them anywhere else in the UK.
Due to their exclusivity and the pre-summer rush, these stunning Rosés may sell out ahead of what's hopefully a glorious summer. If any of our selection of top picks are unavailable, please get in touch with us & we’d be delighted to suggest some excellent alternatives.