(2017) This is a clever pink from Jonathan Maltus of Châteaux Teyssier and Le Dôme, pretending to be Provençal, when in fact it comes from Bordeaux and is a cast-iron Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pretty in colour, light and bubblegum fresh aromas, cherry and strawberry, but a little more serious, mineral and gravel edge too. In the mouth the initial impression of approachable sweetness is joined by plenty of lemony acid, its modest 12.5% alcohol suggesting an element of early picking that has retained a bit steel at the core.
(2013) For the past few years rosé fashion has all been about the very pale, almost white wine-like Provençal style. But this season I've really enjoyed a few more full-coloured, gutsy examples too such as this Merlot from Bordeaux, in a classic style of the region. It has soft red berry aroma, a fresh watermelon appeal and the merest nip of tannin in the crisp, zippy finish. Excellent summer in the garden stuff, or drink with a picnic plate of jambon, cheese and melon.
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