Veuve Clicquot Rosé 2002
Lovely purity of fruit on the nose, the aromas are very intense with notes of red and black fruits. Crisp acidity with beautiful red fruit characters, very harmonious and classy on palate with a very long finish.
£39.54-55 Cambridge Wine Merchants, everywine.co.uk, Hailsham Cellars, Fortnum & Mason, Robersons
Billecart-Salmon Rosé NV
Extremely delicate and fragrant, with pure strawberry fruit with roasted nuts. Very fruity and vibrant, with a zesty palate and breezy acidity. A charming Champagne that is perfect as an aperitif.
Krug Rosé NV
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a bottle of Krug. Ultra luxury and completely at odds with the current ‘climate’, there’s no doubt that this is a serious rosé. There’s a dash of spice to the pure, creamy, morello cherry nose, with cocoa-tinged hazelnuts and summer meadow notes underneath. To taste, it’s as clean as a whistle, with defined expression of pure red fruits and a tight structure.
£190 (£100 for half bottle) Berry Bros & Rudd, Fortnum & Mason, Jeroboams, Majestic, Selfridges, SH Jones, Waitrose
Charles Heidsieck, Brut Rosé Millésime 1999
An exotic, alluring Champagne, showing real grace and finesse. The mousse is sweet, soft and silky, containing lovely, sumptuous red fruits and a lingering finish.
£45 Soho Wine Supply
Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut 2002
Long, complex and very fine would be the abbreviated tasting note for this Taittinger, although that would be underselling it somewhat. There’s an orange rind hint to the nose alongside mature toasty notes. The palate is very creamy and harmonious, displaying beautiful, ripe, restrained red berries and intense brioche, mineral notes.
£195 Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, HvN, Robersons, SWS
Bollinger, Brut Rosé NV
No surprises that this is a highly polished effort from Bollinger. Red cherries and raspberries mingle on the deep, inviting nose. There’s vibrancy to the palate and further red fruit flavours, but with a darker twist. Complex and moreish.
£55 Berry Bros & Rudd, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose
Lanson, Noble Cuvée Rosé NV
A delicately pink hue, and a lovely richness in the strawberry-led nose. The creamy, broad mousse holds further red fruit flavours and the palate shows great persistence – a highly seductive rosé!
£87.99 Bibendum, Bentalls of Kingston, Harrods, Majestic
Gosset, Grand Rosé NV
A perennial favourite this. It’s ripe and expressive with herbal dashes, leafy red fruit and clotted cream undertones. In the mouth there’s an abundance of forest fruits, firm minerality and a savoury twist.
£40-45 Cellar Door Wines, Caviste, Fortnum & Mason, Fenwicks, Great Western Wines, Hanford, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Mill Hill Wines, Quaff Fine Wine Merchants, Robersons, Selfridges
Pol Roger Rosé 2000
This is generous and rich, with a soft, broad palate blessed with sumptuous, silky red fruits complemented by just a pinch of spice. This is a fully flavoured example of its type, with an abundance of pure, clean fruits and plenty of ‘wow’ factor
£54-67 Berry Bros & Rudd, Bennetts Wines, Cambridge Wines Merchants, Fortnum & Mason, GpP, Nickolls & Perks
Mumm, Brut Rosé NV
First launched in 1957, Mumm’s Rosé is the most modestly priced of those on this page, yet still ticks many of the pertinent boxes and does not disappoint. The mousse is lively, with lovely yeasty depths. There’s a certain elegance throughout, polished off by a long, floral finish.