(2024) And here we go again: though the track record for this wine is not as long as some of the others, the first time I tasted it being the 2022 vintage, for me this rosé steps up a gear. It is literally overflowing with strawberry cup, summer aromas, plenty of floral highlights, rose-hip and lychee (though mostly Pinot Noir, I believe small proportions of aromatic white varieties are blended in). In the mouth a little bit of residual sugar gives it even more of a summery, forget all your troubles character, that buoyant fruit nicely sliced through by a zesty acidity. A fabulous little summer pink to serve well chilled.
(2024) A bit of an old favourite of both mine and FromVineyardsDirect, this Côtes de Provence pink from the Famille Negrel is mostly Grenache and Syrah. There's a buoyant, lifted watercolour paint-box note on the nose, small red berry fruits are attractive, precise and crisp. In the mouth there's actually bags of flavour here: it is quite robustly fruity, some real concentration to the fruit, but that bracing core of salty and lemony acidity, maybe touching onto a bitter orange, powers through the long, balanced finish.
(2024) Rogers & Rufus is a partnership between English entrepreneur Rufus Clevely and Australian Rogers Hill-Smith - you may recognise the Hill-Smith name as owners of Yalumba and its associated brands. The wine was designed as a summery, lunch-time sipper with only 11.5% alcohol, and is made from unirrigated bush-vine Grenache in the Barossa Valley. It's an homage to Provence, though the nose has a little more passion fruit and even nuances of lychee than might be found in the south of France, the palate bright and peachy but shimmering with an elegant, stony acidity that leaves it bone-dry in the finish. A successful rendition of this style. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. A few stockists have it a bit cheaper by the six-bottle case.
(2024) Made with the classic ripasso technique of a second fermentation on the lees of grapes used to make Amarone, it's a typical blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella. Another 10% is made up of the less familiar Rossignola, Oseleta, Negrara and Dindarella varieties. Pouring a bright ruby red, the nose has cherry and liquorice, with fine herbal nuances in the background. In the mouth the sweetness and richness of the ripasso is evident, more cherry and those dried herb notes, a bite of plum or blueberry acidity and the finish fresh with its quite elegant tannins and plenty of cherry-fresh acidity. A very nice example. Use the wine-searcher link to find other suppliers as there are quite a few. Watch the video for more information.
(2023) From the LVMH stable, this is a wine of serious intent - and pricing, though at time of review Berry Bros price of £36.50 is £10 less than any other retailer I can see. It has partial oak ageing, and that perhaps helps adds a burnished tone to the salmon pink colour, and certainly some delicate pastry notes to otherwise fruity and floral aromas. There's great concentration in this 14% abv pink, with a grapefruit grip and definition to the acidity, but very pleasing, relatively broad and juicy flavours through the mid-palate. A gastronomic rosé in a beautifully stylish package too.
(2023) Fans of the hugely popular Whispering Angel may not even realise that producer, Château d’Esclans, makes a whole range of rosé wines costing up to £100 per bottle. This will set you back a bit more than Whispering Angel, but to that wines dry, red-fruited charm and purity, it adds a mineral intensity. There's also a subtle creamy and full texture, partly from fermentation in French oak, in a wine that is Whispering Angel's older sibling, showing that much more gravitas. A delicious rosé and gastronomic too, eat with salmon prepared however your prefer or creamy mushroom pasta or risotto.
(2023) A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault, this is organic certified. Pale to medium colour, and a relatively fruity and robust style, herbs and spices around lightly smoky, peach and citrus. In the mouth a nip of tannin backs up that impression of being a little more grippy and powerful, acids balancing the finish. Potentially quite a nice food wine with spicy chorizo dishes perhaps.
(2023) From Württemberg in the south of the country, a blend of the local speciality grape of Italian/German heritage called Trollinger, and Lemberger, a synonym of Blaufränkisch. It is made in a very fashionably pale style, and aromatically it is gentle and perfumed, a little floral, red apple and redcurrant fruit. In the mouth a touch of sugar gives this softness and easy approachability, but I like the fact that the freshness and sense of precision and delicacy is maintained into a crisp, lemon zest finish. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2023) A lees-aged Muscadet from the Côtes de Grandlieu sub-region, rather than the possibly more familiar Sèvre-et-Maine. There's a faint tinge of bronze to the colour here, the wine exhibiting an apple freshness with a hint of something nutty too. In the mouth there's a touch of sweetness - hard to say if that is residual sugar, but the effect is to make the wine feel as if it just lacks a little of Muscadet's tang and ozoney freshness.
(2023) Quite a deep pink colour here, and a fruity rather than mineral style. Nice berry fruits, the palate showing a redcurrant firmess with touches of rhubarb. Dry and racy finish. Price quoted is for the 2022 vintage at time of review.