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Côtes de Provence rosé: panel tasting results

The difficult 2018 Provence vintage meant many wines were light, if of decent quality, and there were fewer stars than might normally be expected, says Elizabeth Gabay MW...

Nicolas Clerc MS, Elizabeth Gabay MW and Joanna Simon tasted 91 rosés from the Côtes de Provence, with 2 Outstanding and 15 Highly Recommended...

Entry criteria: Producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release or currently available dry rosés from APs Côtes de Provence, Coteaux Varois en Provence or Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence

Scroll down to see the tasting notes & scores

The verdict

Top Côtes de Provence rosés from the panel tasting:


See all of the wines tasted here

The judges

Nicolas Clerc MS

Clerc is a wine buyer for Armit Wines. Master Sommelier since 2010, he is the current president of the sommelier arm of the UK Academy of Food & Wine Service, and a board member at the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe. He won UK Sommelier of the Year in 2007.

Elizabeth Gabay MW

A Master of Wine since 1998, Gabay moved to southeast France in 2002. She is a widely published journalist, writer, educator, speaker and wine judge, and is Provence specialist for the Wine Scholar Guild. Her book Rosé, Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution

Joanna Simon

Formerly wine critic at The Sunday Times for 22 years, Simon is a wine writer, presenter and judge, co-founder of The Wine Gang, founding editor of Waitrose Drinks magazine, and blogs regularly on www.joannasimon.com. Her specialist areas include the wines of southwest France and matching wine with food.

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