Top 10 Summer Rosés

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Bollinger, Brut Rosé, Champagne NV

Bollinger’s new release is a treat. Red cherries and raspberries mingle on the deep, inviting nose. The palate displays vibrancy and further red fruit notes but with a dark twist. Highly polished and with admirable complexity for a Rosé

  • £55; Berry Bros and Rudd; Fortnum & Mason; Harrods; Harvey Nichols; Selfridges; Tanners

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    Marqués De Cáceres Rosado, Rioja 2007

    80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache, this is finely balanced, structured and classy Rosé. The nose is fresh and lively and the palate boasts good acidity and a mix of red summer fruits. Good length.

  • £7.49 Direct Wine Shipments; Oddbins; Ellis of Richmond; St Austell Brewery; Forth Wines; Majestic
  • Bonterra Rosé Mendocino California 2007

    From on of the most well known organic properties, this Sangiovese Rosé displays a Fresh strawberry nose with a hint of minerals lurking underneath. Light in the mouth with more fresh strawberries and a twist of citrus fruit, the zesty acidity and long finish completes the picture. Refreshing.

  • £9.99 Matthew Clark; Waitrose

    Château les Crostes, Côtes de Provence 2007

    From the spiritual home of Rosé, this top class wine, made from Grenache and Cinsault, displays lots of blossom flower characters. The palate is lightly bodied with pure and clean red cherry fruit flavours, and lively, refreshing acidity on the finish. Perfect summer drinking.

  • £10.99 Les Caves de Pyrene
    Casillero del Diablo Shiraz Rose, Central Valley 2007

    The epitome of attractive, quaffable new world Rosés. Bright, cherry red in appearaince with fresh, subtle tangy cherry fruit notes on the nose. Really good easy drinking wine with plenty of pleasant summer fruits and good persistence.

  • £5.99 Majestic; Waitrose; Tesco; Wine Rack and Thresher
  • Rosé des Tourelles, Bordeaux 2006

    Top-notch, sophisticated Rosé from one of the most prestigious properties in Bordeaux (Château Pichon Longueville-Baron). Supremely polished with lovely balance and plenty of red berry fruit flavours.

  • £11.99 Bibendum; Handfords; Whole Foods Market

    Domaine Maby, La Forcadière Rosé, Tavel 2007

    From the famous Rosé region of Tavel in the Rhône valley, this pink delight is a world away from the overly-sweet, sticky Blush Zinfandels and alike that sell by the crate-load in the UK. Made in a traditional, more rustic style, it’s relatively deep in colour yet still crammed with fresh red fruit and white flower notes

  • £9.95 Yapp Brothers

    Château Sainte-Marguerite, M de Marguerite, Côtes de Provence 2007

    From one of the icon producers of Provence, this flagship Rosé is full of charming, soft red fruit and delicate floral aromas. There’s lots of finesse on the palate with a broad aromatic palate. It will pair nicely with Mediterranean food.

  • £15 winestore.co.uk

    Louis Jadot, Beaujolais Rosé 2007

    From the region famed for its light, fresh reds comes this similarly delicate Rosé. The nose is soft and floral with a touch of citrussy zing adding lift. In the mouth it’s crisp with hints of redcurrant and fresh acidity. Unassuming and very quaffable.

  • £8.15 Booths; everywine.co.uk; Waitrose

    Denis Dubourdieu, Le Rosé de Floridene, Bordeaux 2007

    From one of Bordeaux’s most respected producers, this sleek wine displays a creamy, welcoming nose and a palate that boasts forward Cabernet fruit, underpinned by a pleasing, herbal, grassy streak. Clean and tasty, a lovely, clear mineral finish polishes it off.

  • £TBC Waitrose

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