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 Rosé, Cuvee Anais, 2019

    Product Code: RIB519

    Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rosé, Cuvee Anais, 2019

    “"Pale to mid orangey salmon pink. Big and bold – a rosé to drink with food, preferably a strongly garlicky aïoli. It's not Tempier but...”

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

    Product Code: QUA519

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

    “"A very evocative wine this one, with a thick scent of wild strawberries and ripe nectarines and a touch of sandalwood on the nose. It's on...”

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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 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: PEP519

    Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “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 Rosé, Expression, 2019

    Product Code: GRV419

    Château La Grave, Minervois Rosé, Expression, 2019

    “From approximate halves of Syrah and Grenache, this unfailingly delivers splendid ripeness and intensity. Pale pink. Lifted red fruit aromas. An...”

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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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  • La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: SAL519

    La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2019 (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. Attractive salmon...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • MAGNUM, Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose, Signature, 2019

    Product Code: QUA919

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

    “The characteristic Provençale blend based on Syrah and Grenache with Cinsault, from a small co-operative just north of Aix. Very pale pink, with...”

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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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  • 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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  • Ferry Lacombe, Mystere, Rosé, IGP Méditerranée, 2019

    Product Code: FLA519

    Ferry Lacombe, Mystere, Rosé, 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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  • Wildwood, Zinfandel Rosé, California

    Product Code: WIL5NV

    Wildwood, Zinfandel Rosé, California

    “Deep pink. Refreshing and juicy on the palate, bursting with summer berry, watermelon and red cherry flavours. Fairly sweet, but with a clean and...”

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    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon,  Walker Bay, 2011

    Product Code: DDD411

    Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Rosé, Rose of Sharon, Walker Bay, 2011

    “Named after the biblical story of Solomon, who compared his love to the blossoming of the Rose of Sharon, this is from 58% Pinot Noir and 42%...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Walker Bay
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • Petit Pont Rose, (5l. Bag in Box), 2019

    Product Code: BIB519

    Petit Pont Rose, (5l. Bag in Box), 2019

    “Equivalent to 6 2/3 bottles and will keep once opened for at least two weeks, perfect for the holidays. We sell far more of the Petit Pont Rosé that...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Vin Pays d'Oc
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 5L
    • ABV: 12.5%
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