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

  • Cottonworth, Sparkling Rosé, Brut, NV

    Product Code: COT5NV

    Cottonworth, Sparkling Rosé, Brut, NV

    “From very well-sited south facing vineyards in the Test Valley just a few miles west of us in Hampshire, Hugh Liddell’s pink, from Pinot Noir,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: England
    • Region: Test Valley
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rose, Cuvee Anais, 2018

    Product Code: RIB518

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

    “Bandol produces the finest rosés in the world, based on the Mourvèdre grape which thrives on the Mediterranean sunshine and clay soils. This is the...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bandol
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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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, 2018

    Product Code: QUA518

    Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose, Signature, 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: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2018

    Product Code: PEP518

    Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2018

    “Grenache and Cinsault, grown near Beziers in the Languedoc, but crafted in the Provençale style, pale coloured, a light, dry and refreshing glass of...”

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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 halves of Syrah and Grenache grown near the Aude river, pale pink, this unfailingly delivers splendid ripeness and intensity Pale pink. Berried...”

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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, 2018 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: BEG518

    Domaine Begude, Pinot Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2018 [Screwcap]

    “We introduced this organically farmed rosé last summer and it was hugely popular: the Pinot Noir is a real point of difference in the south. Clear...”

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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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  • La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2018 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: SAL518

    La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2018 [Screwcap]

    “A lively and pure rosé from the south-west, from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc; the latter brings a little perfume. Pale, attractive...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Fiorano, Rosato, Marche IGT, 2018

    Product Code: FIO518

    Fiorano, Rosato, Marche IGT, 2018

    “100% Sangiovese, from organically farmed vines grown in a beautiful amphitheatre on the edge of the Appennines. Well flavoured - ripe red cherries...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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