(2019) The Sauvignon Gris that lies behind this pale blush wine is immediately apparent on the nose and palate; tasted blind one might have guessed Sauvignon Blanc, with its racy acidity, grapefruity tang and touches of elderflower and passion fruit. Not a remarkable rosé it's true, but distinctive and quite unusual.
(2018) From the Languedoc, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Merlot and Mourvèdre in the mix for a medium-pale rosé, with a fairly simple and straightforward strawberry and raspberry fruit, the palate fruity and generous, a little briary leafiness and a slightly astringent quality to the acidity stopping it a little short, but keeping it fresh.
(2018) Though the name of the estate sounds like a not so subtle cash-in on Provence, in fact domaine de la Provenquière traces its history back almost 500 years in it's corner of the Languedoc close to Béziers. Having said that, this certainly has Provençal leanings, pale in colour, dry and fresh with only 12% alcohol, though made from the pink-skinned Pinot Gris rather than Provençal varieties. Summer berries, fragrant lemon peel and a little wisp of peach on the nose, then a dry, chalky palate with pleasingly sweet fruit, medium body and then plenty of tangy acid. Daily Drinker club members will pay £9.00 for this.
(2017) Another pale wine in the Provençal idiom. this comes from the Languedoc and blends two local grapes to excellent effect. Delicately touched by pink grapefruit, redcurrant and raspberry on the nose, the creamy but light-bodied palate shows more delicate fruit - wild strawberries and raspberries - but a lovely freshness to the acidity to give it a shimmering, lacework finish.
(2016) This wine will be bottled under screwcap from next vintage, but this was a perfectly clean. Bright pink, cool, with pomegranate and watermelon fruit and dry cherry it has fresh fruit and balance on the palate, and clean, dry acidity too. A succesful Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Merlot rosé from close to Carcassonne.
(2016) A southern French blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Vermentino from Corbières, this organic wine is unoaked and picking early to retain acidity and freshness has worked a treat. The nose has some of the Marsanne peach and apricot allure, but there's a lemon and lime peel freshness too, and a sense of coolness. In the mouth it is crisp and alive, delicate, with a pear juice freshness but then a lovely sour lemon bite of acidity to lengthen and add a twist of interest on the finish.
(2016) An organic rosé from the south of France, but a little different from the typical model of nearby Provence. This blend of 50% Cinsault, 30% Syrah and 20% Grenache has more colour though still relatively pale, but the rosy red apple and summer fruit aromas are to the fore, ripe on the initial palate impression, but then fine savoury acidity and a nip of structural tannin slips in. Fresh, elegant but rounded.
(2015) 12% abv. Yet another Provence look- and taste-alike, with its pale colour and pretty redcurrant and gentle peach fruit. Good dry acidity, lots of pithiness, a twist of dill or chicory, in actually one of the better pale imitations around. On offer currently.
(2014) This Languedoc property is part of the portfolio owned by AXA Millésimes. A blend of 75% Syrah with Mourvèdre, this rosé has a charming, medium- to pale salmony peach colour and it really is delightfully fragrant, with subtle notes of rose-hip and soft herbs, and a background of cool raspberry fruit. On the palate it is abundantly fresh and gentle, with a creamy, strawberry sundae approachability, but then a shimmering, fresh and bone-dry acidity to give it great food matching appeal. With its 12.5% abv it is dangerously easy to drink.
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