(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.
(2013) A pale salmon pink 'Vin de France' wine with a very attractive nose, a touch of spice and pepper, a touch of Pinot truffle and very nice strawberry beneath. Crisp, bone dry and well defined on the palate, the redcurrant and cranberry dry fruit is food friendly and appealing.
(2013) 13.0%, Screwcap. This Pays d'Oc wine has a light to medium cherry colour, and is an early-picked blend of Grenache and Syrah. Fairly muted aromatically, raspberry and redcurrant comes through, a touch of creaminess, but very discreet. On the palate the fruit shines through with a certain ripe and sweet-edged attack, and the freshness of this is very good, shimmering and long and even a touch mineral and salty in the very dry finish. Impressive and well priced.
(2013) 12.5%, Screwcap. Another Pays d'Oc rosé mimicking the pale and peachy Provence style, this night-harvested pink has a real fresh, really vibrant nose, with a vivid crunch of lemon, apple and keen red fruit. On the palate it continues with that vibrant style, loads of lychee and melon, lots of crisp red fruit and dashing acidity into a dry finish. Bags of personality here.
(2013) 13.0%, Screwcap. As pale as the palest Provence example, this is made from Grenache Gris in the Roussillon and is classified as a Pays d'Oc wine. Very fine, lightly mineral and earthy nuances to fresh red fruits. The palate has delicious, racy clarity, the mouth-watering dryness and gently mineral touch, along with pure, lemon zest and lightly pithy acidity. Sophisticated stuff.
(2013) 12.0%, Screwcap. Well known for their Limoux Chardonnay in particular, this pale pink Pinot Noir from Domaine Begude has pleasing floral notes to the summery raspberry and strawberry fruit. In the mouth it is elegantly pitched, with plenty of sweet, fully ripe fruit, but a lovely core of dry, clean and citrussy acidity that drives through into a long, balanced finish. Tangy and delicious.
(2012) Attractively pale, Provence colour. Very delicate raspberry and redcurrant aromas, touch of mealiness, touch of briar. The palate has good weight and texture, and a mice creamy edge to the summer fruits, but good, clean, herby acidity.
(2012) A modern, screw-capped 12% rosé from the Languedoc that's a blend of the expected Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. It is made in an attractive, dry, herb-scented, Provence style rose with keen, lean, raspberry fruit and a subtle palate that's very crisp. Fish and seafood friendly stuff with great zest and freshness in the finish.
(2012) The brand new Piggy Bank range of wines - six in total - is in Waitrose stores and online from August 1st 2012, and 50p from every bottle will go to charity (vote for the charity of your choice at piggybankwine.com). This Pays d'Oc rosé has a medium cherry/salmon colour and an abundantly fruity nose suggesting ripe summer berries. There's a little hint of briary woodland and spices, but it is focused on the fruit. On the palate it is dry, has a lip-smacking tartness of raspberry, and finishes elegantly. Lovely, food-friendly style.