Rosé

Rosé Wines


Rosé has been one of the great growth stories of recent years.


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 have 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.

Rosé

  • Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rose, Cuvee Anais, 2018

    Product Code: RIB518

    Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rose, Cuvee Anais, 2018

    “Bandol, a small appellation on the coast east of Marseilles and west of Toulon, produces the fi nest rosés in the world, based on the Mourvèdre...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bandol
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • MAGNUM Quatre Tours, Signature, Rosé, Provence, 2018

    Product Code: QUA918

    MAGNUM Quatre Tours, Signature, Rosé, Provence, 2018

    “This characteristic Provençale blend, from 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% of each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Rolle, comes from a small co-operative...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Provence
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 150cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose, Signature, 2019

    Product Code: QUA519

    Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose, Signature, 2019

    “A long-term favourite here based on Syrah and Grenache with Cinsault. Very pale pink, with generous fruit and restrained elegance: flavours of white...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Provence
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2019

    Product Code: PEP519

    Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2019

    “We sell far more of the Petit Pont Rosé that we do of the equivalent white and red added together – that’s how good this honest rosé is. From...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Château La Grave, Minervois Rose, Expression, 2018

    Product Code: GRV418

    Château La Grave, Minervois Rose, Expression, 2018

    “From approximate halves of Syrah and Grenache, this unfailingly delivers splendid ripeness and intensity, but the Orosquettes who own La Grave felt...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine Begude, Pinot Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2019

    Product Code: BEG519

    Domaine Begude, Pinot Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2019

    “We introduced this organically farmed rosé just two years ago and it has been hugely popular: a light Pinot Noir rosé offering a real point of...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Mas d'Agamas, Mourvedre Rose, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, 2019

    Product Code: AGA519

    Mas d'Agamas, Mourvedre Rose, IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, 2019

    “We introduced this pale rosé from Mourvèdre, the grape associated with Bandol (see below), last year and it was an immediate success. It’s made...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Drusian, Rose Mari, Vino Spumante Rosato, Extra Dry, NV

    Product Code: DRU5NV

    Drusian, Rose Mari, Vino Spumante Rosato, Extra Dry, NV

    “From Pinot Noir grown in the cool hills of Alto Adige and made in the same way as Prosecco (i.e. in a closed tank). A gently fizzy, very pale pink...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Exton Park, Britagne, Rose, NV

    Product Code: EXT5NV

    Exton Park, Britagne, Rose, NV

    “From 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. Very pale and slightly coppery. Light red fruit - cranberry and crisp red plum. Perfectly clean and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: UK
    • Region: Hampshire
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • Doring Bay, Pinot Noir Rose, Western Cape, 2019 (screwcap)

    Product Code: FRY519

    Doring Bay, Pinot Noir Rose, Western Cape, 2019 (screwcap)

    “This is first time we've shipped this Pinot Noir rosé. Clear pale salmon pink hue. Bright perfume of red berries.Refreshing,with a hint of...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Ferry Lacombe, Mystere, IGP Méditerranée, 2019

    Product Code: FLA519

    Ferry Lacombe, Mystere, IGP Méditerranée, 2019

    “Something we have been hunting for years: a true Provence rosé bottled under screwcap at a reasonable price, coming from the vineyards of Château...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Mediterranee
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Mirabello, Pinot Grigio Rose, Provincia di Pavia, 2019 [screwcap]

    Product Code: MRB519

    Mirabello, Pinot Grigio Rose, Provincia di Pavia, 2019 [screwcap]

    “Pale pink, strawberries on the nose, refreshing, touch off dry, easy Summer drinking. Now-2021”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Venezia
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Château Ferry Lacombe, Naos, Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2019

    Product Code: CFL519

    Château Ferry Lacombe, Naos, Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2019

    “Naos is a Greek temple or shrine. The Pinot family who run this Château like Greek names for their wines, perhaps because their vineyards lie in the...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Côtes de Provence
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Ancora, Pinot Grigio Rosé, 2018

    Product Code: ANC518

    Ancora, Pinot Grigio Rosé, 2018

    “87% Pinot Grigio with 13% Pinot Noir gives this rosé a lovely wild salmon hue. A delicate and refreshing rosé, dry, light bodied and with crunchy...”

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    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Venezia
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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