Domaine d'Arbousset, Tavel Rosé, Rhône, France, 2021
(at Menier Penthouse, London SE1, 27 Apr 2022)
Launching in early June, this is a must-buy for fans of a fuller-bodied style of rosé. You only have to look at the deep pink colour to get an idea of what to expect. But even though it's a fuller style, it's bone dry, balanced and fresh, with exuberant juicy and ripe but not confected strawberry fruit. 2021 was a cool and rainy vintage in the region, giving a good level of natural acidity in the wines. This would be a delicious barbecue rosé, gutsy enough to cope with stronger flavours, but still refreshing on a hot summer's day.