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.

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Rosé

  • Château La Grave, Minervois Rosé, Expression, 2016

    Product Code: GRV416

    Château La Grave, Minervois Rosé, Expression, 2016

    “Pale pink. Lifted red fruit aromas. An appealing gush of strawberry and raspberry. This is pleasingly gentle - it doesn’t shout at you - and as...”

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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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  • Serge Mathieu, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    Product Code: MAT5NV

    Serge Mathieu, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    “Just to show that superb rosé champagne can be found without a ridiculous price tag, our friend Serge Mathieu, master of Pinot Noir, delivers this...”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Vitteaut-Alberti, Rosé, Crémant de Bourgogne, NV

    Product Code: VIT3NV

    Vitteaut-Alberti, Rosé, Crémant de Bourgogne, NV

    “Soft pink with fine mousse. Uplifting strawberry and raspberry aromas, totally consistent with a joyous red-fruited palate. Mid-weight with a...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre Rosé, 2015

    Product Code: ROS315

    Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre Rosé, 2015

    “The Cherrier family have been delivering fine Sancerre to us for years now. Pierre took over the 14 hectares of vineyards on the sweeping slopes at...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    Product Code: HAT5NV

    Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    “Pale pink with a soft but fine mousse. Complex ripe cherry aromas are supplemented on the palate by more black fruit and creamy nougat notes. Crisp,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rosé, La Tour Fabienne, 2015

    Product Code: DGA515

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbières Rosé, La Tour Fabienne, 2015

    “Based on Syrah and Mourvèdre, with Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. This is always an electric cherry pink, a wonderfully vibrant if wholly...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • 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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  • Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Rosé, 2015

    Product Code: GRC515

    Château Les Combes, Bordeaux Rosé, 2015

    “This is a harmonious, dry rosé, perfect for picnics and al fresco dining, made from 50% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, rapidly pressed to...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Wilfrid Rousse, Chinon Rosé, 2016

    Product Code: ROT516

    Wilfrid Rousse, Chinon Rosé, 2016

    “Wilfrid Rousse bleeds (saigner is to bleed) off the juice for this rosé between 12 and 24 hours after putting his red Cabernet Franc grapes, skins,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2016

    Product Code: SAL516

    La Salette, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, Rosé, 2016

    “A new wine from south-west France for us, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc; the latter brings a little perfume to this bright example.”

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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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  • MAGNUM Quatre Tours, Signature, Rosé, Provence, 2015

    Product Code: QUA915

    MAGNUM Quatre Tours, Signature, Rosé, Provence, 2015

    “This fairly-priced Provençale blend of about 2/3 Syrah, plus Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, has become a firm favourite - with a lot of repeat...”

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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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