With the incredible weather of the past week set to continue until after the late May bank holiday, we have found ourselves in the unexpected position of having completely sold out of our Triennes Rosé. Whilst we wait for new supplies to arrive and with the temperature gauge in London set to be higher today than in Provence and Tuscany, we thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you to some of the other brilliant rosés in our range.
The popularity of rosé has soared in the past five years, so much so that a few domaines in Provence are tearing up their white wine vines to replace them with Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Whilst the trend for new vintage, light-coloured rosés is as popular as ever, wine lovers are often not aware that rosé can be a serious wine, meant to be drunk with a few years bottle age. It is gaining cult-like followings and is rivalling even high-end white Burgundies in Britain’s most prestigious Michelin starred restaurants.
Although Provence will always be the spiritual home of rosé, other parts of the world have seen an insurgence of serious winemakers turning their skills to rosé winemaking. Tuscany and the west coast of America make rosés from local grapes that are juicier in style, with added power and length, pairing perfectly with fish or Mediterranean dishes.
Whether you are an easy drinking rosé lover or excited to discover what a serious rosé tastes like, the range below is comprehensive enough to delight all palates. Why not choose a favourite case or discover the full range with a special 15 bottle selection for £285, with 3 bottles of each of the below wines.
2019 Terrasses Rosé CHÂTEAU PESQUIÉ – PROVENCE, FRANCE
£11.75 (per bottle) – £141 (case of 12)
Officially certified Organic. The word ‘Terrasses’ comes from the Latin terras, meaning “lump of earth”. The Ventoux region is characterized by alternating hills and valleys. To make the most of this exceptional terroir, vine growers and other farmers had to accomplish the colossal feat of building “terraces” into the steep hillsides. Still today, they are very typical of our landscapes and also called restanques or rébanqués in Provencal. Pale rose with flavours of small fresh red berries and citrus fruits, the palate offers a great balance and freshness with aromas of gooseberries, raspberries and citrus, with floral notes.
2018 ROSATO ROCCA DI MONTEGROSSI – TUSCANY, ITALY
£15.00 (per bottle) – £180 (case of 12)
Produced with Sangiovese from the San Marcellino vineyard, Rosato Rocca di Montegrossi is made by gently pressing the grapes. The must, structured and delicate at the same time, is kept in steel at a temperature below 6°C for 24 hours to allow solids to settle, and then fermented at temperatures below 16°C for about a month. The wine then rests on the lees at a temperature below 10°C for another 3-4 months to maximize its bouquet and body. The end result is a rosé with delicate aromas, nice structure, acidity, fine balance, and pleasant minerality.
2016 PINOT NOIR ROSÉ COLENE CLEMENS – OREGON, USA
£20.00 (per bottle) – £120 (case of 6)
Grown in the cool Chehalem Mountains of Oregon, Colene Clemens’ wines maintain vibrancy and fresh minerality. Their rosé is fermented completely dry and aged in stainless steel rather than in oak to maximise purity and freshness. Notes of strawberry and floral undertones, if you have yet to try a Pinot Noir rosé this one cannot be more highly recommended.
2016 MOURVÈDRE ROSÉ LIQUID FARM – SANTA BARBARA, USA
£22.00 (per bottle) – £132 (case of 6)
95% Mourvèdre and 5% Grenache, fermented in neutral oak and released after 5 months of ageing. Aromas of fresh strawberry, white pepper and dried lavender appear on the nose. Flavors of raspberry, plum and fennel combine with a racy salinity to finish the wine. A delicate but complete ode to classic Provence rosé. (Decanter 92).
2016 ROSÉ DOMAINE LES MILLE VIGNES LANGUEDOC, FRANCE
£27.50 (per bottle) – £165 (case of 6)
Imported specifically for that little restaurant in Bray called the Waterside Inn, Mille Vignes has gained a cult following in Michelin starred restaurants in Britain, Paris and also over the pond in the States. Their rosé is only made in great years and is a blend of Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre with vine age between 40 and 75 years. Oenologist Valérie Guérin says “My greatest red vineyards are used for this rosé that is vinified as meticulously as for an exceptional white wine”.