Rosé Wines

Rosé has been one of the great growth stories of recent years, and for good reason. 

A number of factors have contributed: drinkers have enjoyed increasing exposure to the pleasures of rosé on holiday in the Club Med countries; rosés have become paler, fresher and drier, helping to shed the old associations of dark, soupy and sweet examples (remember the old Mateus Rosé); and perhaps warmer summers here have helped - is there anything nicer than sitting in a garden on an English summer evening with a bottle of rosé?

We've always taken the view that the French make the best rosés in the world, at any price level, and there is plenty of choice on offer. The finest examples come from Provence - our Bandol from Domaine de la Ribotte is sensational, and Quatre Tours’ Signature example is delicious too; but in summer we may also offer fine examples from Bordeaux (based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot); the Loire (Sancerre rosé from Pinot Noir and others from Cabernet Franc); and especially the Languedoc, source of brilliant value rosés usually based on the Rhône grapes of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault.

Each year we look at Spanish and Italian rosés too, and may ship some if we like them. However we tend to be more circumspect with New World rosés. First, overall standards are simply not as high as in Europe; and even where success is achieved, there is a problem in timing. Almost all rosé is best enjoyed young - you want to drink the latest vintage. However, it’s hard to get Southern Hemisphere wines here before the English summer is almost over - so they then sit in our warehouse unloved all winter.

A word on winemaking: classic rosé is made only from red grapes - but because the colour in wine comes largely from the skins, rosé is usually made by taking the crushed grape juice off the skins after just a few hours of soaking. Note that deeper colour does NOT imply sweetness, simply a longer period of maceration on the skins. On the whole the rosés we offer are dry wines - do consumers realise those sweet blush Zinfandel rosés from California are positively fattening in their sugar content?

Finally, whilst most rosé is enjoyed on its own as an aperitif, dry styles are fine to accompany a wide range of food, especially grilled fish and prawns; and examples with just a little bit of ripe sweetness make an excellent pairing to spicy food, notably curries. A rosé has more fruit than a white, so can stand up to the strong flavours better than a white, but served cold it’s equally refreshing.

Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre Rosé, 2021

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Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre Rosé, 2021
Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre Rosé, 2021

A showstopper - 100% Pinot Noir and shows the full nobility inherent in this varietal. Wild...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLoire Valley

ColourRosé

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeROS321

GrapePinot Noir

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Billecart-Salmon, Champagne, Rose, NV

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Billecart-Salmon, Champagne, Rose, NV
Billecart-Salmon, Champagne, Rose, NV

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeBISNV5

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Domaine des Forges, Rose de Loire, 2021

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Domaine des Forges, Rose de Loire, 2021
Domaine des Forges, Rose de Loire, 2021

A dry rosé made from 100% Grolleau, given a slow, gentle pressing in a pneumatic press -...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR521

GrapeCabernet Franc

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La Combe Saint-Paul, Les Amandiers,  Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2021

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La Combe Saint-Paul, Les Amandiers, Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2021
La Combe Saint-Paul, Les Amandiers, Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2021

From a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah. Very pale salmon hue. Perfume of redcurrant and...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionPays d'Oc

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeCSP521

GrapeGrenache, Syrah & Mourvedre

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Le Tende, Chiaretto di Bardolino, Classico, 2021

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Le Tende, Chiaretto di Bardolino, Classico, 2021

Our latest find from northern Italy - a charming Chiaretto (the name simply means “pale” in...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRosé

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLET521

GrapeCorvina Veronese, Rondinella & Sangiovese

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Taliano, Adesso, Rosato, 2020

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Taliano, Adesso, Rosato, 2020

A pretty pale salmon pink. Not a hint of tannin and delightfully aromatic. Presenting notes of...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRosé

Bottle75cl

CodeTAN720

GrapeNebbiolo

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MAGNUM Ferry Lacombe, Naos, Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2021

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MAGNUM Ferry Lacombe, Naos, Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2021

Naos is a Greek temple or shrine. The Pinot family who run this Château in the Vallée de...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionProvence

ColourRosé

ABV13.5%

Bottle150cl

CodeCFL921

GrapeGrenache

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MAGNUM Ferry Lacombe, Naos, Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2020

Naos is a Greek temple or shrine. The Pinot family who run this Château in the Vallée de...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionProvence

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle150cl

CodeCFL920

GrapeGrenache

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Chateau Leoube, Cotes de Provence, Rose de Leoube 2021

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Chateau Leoube, Cotes de Provence, Rose de Leoube 2021
Chateau Leoube, Cotes de Provence, Rose de Leoube 2021

The principal wine at this organic, English owned estate: largely Grenache and Cinsault, with a...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionProvence

ColourRosé

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeLEO521

GrapeGrenache, Cinsault & Syrah

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Château d’Esclans, Côtes de Provence, Garrus, 2019

When Sasha Lichine bought Esclans is was with the avowed intention of making the world’s...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionProvence

ColourRosé

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGAR519

GrapeGrenache & Rolle

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Thomas-Hatte, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

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Thomas-Hatte, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV
Thomas-Hatte, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

Based on Pinot Meunier. Pale pink. Red fruit and creamy nougat notes. Gentle and elegant: very...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeHAT5NV

GrapePinot Meunier, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

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Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2021

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Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2021
Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2021

We sell far more of the Petit Pont Rosé than we do of the equivalent white and red added...

Style

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRosé

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEP521

GrapeGrenache & Cinsault

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