(2017) Yet another Languedoc pink that's a ringer in colour (and grape blend, 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah) for Provence rosé, but in this case, quite different in character: after a light, summer fresh nose there's real intensity on the palate: more tang and more fruit concentration than most Provence examples, real zip with lemony acidity powering through decisively.
(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.
(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.
(2017) A Rhône blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, this has a vibrant medium-deep colour and immediately fruity aromas of cherry and raspberry: definitely on the more vinous rather than strawberry/bubblegum spectrum. In the mouth a direct acid core sets the tone for a fairly serious, food-friendly pink, though there is a creaminess and touch of softer strawberry to the fruit too. Stylish and long.
(2017) A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this Côtes de Provence pink is certified organic and has a pale peachy-pink colour. On the nose it has delightful fragrance: small red berries like redcurrants and a touch of downy peach skins, with the mineral hint of sea breezes. In the mouth it is both concentrated and elegant, certainly plenty of sweet and ripe fruit to fill the mouth, but that clarity of the acidity, that saline hint, all giving lovely gastronomic appeal too, finishing bone dry with plenty of verve and tang.
(2017) This rosé, or 'Rosado' is made from Touriga Naçional in the Alentejo region, a relatively deeply-coloured pink with perky aromas showing a touch of cherry bubblegum, bright and floral notes and a pleasing hint of tobacco and spice. It's bold and flavourful on the palate too, plenty of summery strawberry and raspberry fruit, a nice undertow of lemon and tart cherry acids, giving it both easy-drinking sweetness and a bit of genuine, food-friendly, spicy savouriness.
(2017) While Torres' Viña Sol Rosé is a deeper, frutier style, this from the company's Jean Leon brand is very much in the modern Provençal idiom. Organic and 100% Pinot Noir, it is very pale in colour and the aromas more about watermelon and delicate pomegranate, a light lemony character too. In the mouth it is bone-dry and super-fresh, a hint of peach, but again those watermelon-clear flavours, small red berries like redcurrants, and an extremely fresh and crisp finish.
(2017) A full-coloured, light-cherry rosé from Chile, that is a little too much like Ribena on first sniff, certainly full of very sweet-scented blackcurrant, cherry and rose-hip. In the mouth there is some sweetness, but it is also fairly full with its 13.5% alcohol, and has a lemony acid at the core. Not totally convincing stylistically for me - but that's surely a personal preference.
(2017) A blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the north of Spain, that goes through an alcohol removal process to leave it low in calories and alcohol at just 0.5% abv. Though the back label says that process preserves the "full aroma and flavour," I have to say that's a bit of artistic licence. It has a soft raspberry and strawberry pulp aroma, and the palate is pleasantly fruity in a spritzer style, like a dash of soda has been added to a regular rosé. Perfectly drinkable and probably one of the better non-alcoholic wines on the shelves, but the process certainly changes the character of the wine.
(2017) A big blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Cinsault and Mourvèdre, I tasted this from magnum, which looked glorious and which might have gained it an extra point for sheer impressiveness, but it is a lovely Provence pink. Peach down and soft strawberry pulp are tightened up by a fine lemony core, hints of seaside, ozoney air and good small red fruit on the palate, the finish is long, delicate and clean. Magnums at £29.95 from Southdown Cellars, who also sell by the bottle.