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, 2017

    Product Code: RIB517

    Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rose, Cuvee Anais, 2017

    “Bandol produces the finest rosés in the world. This is the fifth vintage we have shipped of this wonderful example, based on Mourvèdre, made by...”

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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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  • Domaine des Dieux, Rose, 2017

    Product Code: DDD517

    Domaine des Dieux, Rose, 2017

    “The team at Des Dieux are aspiring to make a rosé comparable to Provence examples: it’s a Provençale style blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Walker Bay
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose, Signature, 2017

    Product Code: QUA517

    Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose, Signature, 2017

    “The characteristic Provençale blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from a small co-operative just north of Aix. Very pale - a transparent...”

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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, 2017

    Product Code: PEP517

    Le Petit Pont Rose, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2017

    “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, 2017

    Product Code: GRV417

    Château La Grave, Minervois Rose, Expression, 2017

    “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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  • La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2017 [Screwcap]

    Product Code: SAL517

    La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2017 [Screwcap]

    “The previous vintage of this lively rosé from the south-west was an unexpected hit last summer. It’s made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10%...”

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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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