Rosé wine doesn’t come from any particular type of grape or winemaking region, and it doesn’t have to be sweet or unsophisticated – we have some great dry rosé wines for you to try. It is a go-to wine for the summer for many people, but why not try it all year round – rose wine is a hugely varied and versatile wine that can be paired with any number of foods from fish to cheese and savoury to sweet.
It’s produced in a similar way to red wine, but it stays in contact with the red grape skins for a shorter time. Red wine grapes are, after all, white on the inside and produce clear juice. The longer that the grape juice is left macerating with the skins, the deeper the colour and the more it will take on the character of red wine.
Rosé wine grapes
More often than not, Rosé wine is a blend of different grape varieties such as Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Grenache. It’s unusual for a rosé to be a blend of white and red wines, although you can find some examples that are made this way.
Rosé tasting notes
When you try a rosé wine, or someone describes one to you, you will often come across flavour descriptions such as melon, citrus, floral and red fruit such as raspberry or strawberry. Pairing these descriptions with the actual taste you like can take a little time but is well worth the effort. If you like your rosé fruitier and a touch sweeter, you should probably look to the New World (South Africa or Chile, for example). For a great dry rosé head for Europe where you can find fantastic examples in France, Spain and Italy
Rosé wine has been made in France for hundreds of years and is a particular speciality of Provence, where it makes up most of the region’s production. One of the largest single estates in Provence is Chateau Peyrassol, known for cultivating grapes since the 1200s. Le Clos Peyrassol, Peyrassol Cuvee des Commandeurs and La Bastide Peyrassol are great examples as is #Lou.
#LOU is a soft, fresh pink colour, and leaves a trail of gooseberry, raspberry and white blossom in its wake. Intense fruit flavours of gooseberry, fresh strawberry and white fruits. Simple, balanced and beautifully light a seductive combination!
Another Provencale rosé (AOP Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence) well worth trying is AIX Rosé (also available in a 37.5cl bottle), created from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, giving an elegant, tasty wine with excellent depth of flavour and a beautiful salmon pink colour. Find out more about AIX Rosé here.
If you are looking for great wine from the South of France, don’t overlook Languedoc, Provence’s neighbour along the coast towards Italy. Try Chateau Plaisance Rosé Fronton, which is superb with mackerel or perhaps Chateau Coulon Rosé, made chiefly from Cinsault, to pair with soft cheese.
Across the border from the Languedoc, Italy produces some fantastic rosés. Veneto is one of the oldest rosé producing areas in Italy. It is home to our three recommendations: Vite Ventosa Pinot Grigio Blush, La Bella Rosé Pinot Grigio Blush and Borgo Alato Rosé Spumante. Vite Ventosa is fruity and aromatic, and La Bella Rosé is notable for its pear and peach flavours, while the Borgo Alato spumante is a fabulous fizz with hints of honey, florals and wild strawberries. The first two are based on the Pinot Grigio grape, while the spumante is made from the Glera grape, which you will find more commonly in a glass of Prosécco.
Rosé doesn’t have to be still! Many of the biggest Champagne houses have a ‘pink’ variant. Pink champagne is usually created with a classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot-Meunier and Pinot-Noir grapes. It can only come from the Champagne region of northeast France around Epernay, Reims and Troyes. If it’s not from there, it isn’t champagne, but there are plenty of great alternative sparkling wines from all over the world.
Quite a new addition to a classic brand. Soft red fruits and many of the qualities of the non-vintage label.
Another rosé champagne with a gorgeous colour to match its amazing flavours of red fruit and citrus with a hint of cinnamon and pistachio.
Very fine bubbles, easy to drink with notes of morello cherries. A lovely shade of raspberry.
Champagne Gruet Rosé 75cl
A beautiful salmon pink with a refreshing bouquet of red fruit
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