It’s already been a strong year for rosé wine sales – Majestic recently reported that sales were up 95% from April to June 2020, as the sun shone while people were in lockdown.
With temperatures continuing to climb this summer, but a higher chance of not getting abroad, bring a taste of the south of France with one of these top Provence rosés – all recommended by our experts, including some from our recent panel tasting, and available for under £20 / $30.
Choosing Provence rosé
When choosing your wine, don’t be fooled into thinking that ‘all these wines should be pale,’ judge Rod Smith MW noted in the panel tasting. ‘But pale doesn’t always mean good – once you’re stripping out colour you’re also homogenising flavour.’ Many of the best rosé wines can have a deeper colour.
As for what to drink when, Smith said: ‘At the beginning of the summer, try drinking the end of last year’s rosés rather than the early new ones , especially if they’ve only just been bottled. People think it has to be the youngest vintage, but it doesn’t.’
Serving rosé wines
Recommending the perfect way to serve these wines, Elizabeth Gaby MW previously told Decanter.com: ‘Some crucial advice for rosé lovers: serving your wines ice cold does them no favours. The ideal temperature should be about 11°C to 15°C – between how you’d serve white and red wines. Sometimes decanting brings out greater complexity too.’
Rosé wines can also ‘be one of the best partners for a wide range of food,’ wrote food and wine expert Fiona Beckett, in our matching rosé wines with food guide.