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War of the Rosés

For many of us, pink wine in glasses is a signal that summer is on its way.  

From pretty peach to striking salmon pink, rosé wine is light, fruity and low in tannins making for a very quaffable wine and a great partner for light food, especially in the warmer weather. 

Initially made popular by holidaymakers hopping to the South of France, for a long-time rosé wine was considered as a less serious wine. It has since gained in popularity as we have come to know more about the wine, whilst the quality and diversity of the rosés available has improved. 

Today it’s still impossible to talk about rosé wine without mentioning France. Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon still lead the rosé production but are no longer the only place to look. Recent summers in the UK have made possible a new wave of rosés from British vineyards with a lighter, refreshing style – a good reason to buy locally and to support the nation’s winemakers. 

With over 1,000 bottles of rosé wine available to buy, the team at Winebuyers has selected their top three bottles from both countries to help you drink pink. 

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French Rosé

Puech Haut Prestige Rose 2018, £19.50 
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon 
Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault 
ABV: 13% 

As spectacular on the palate as it is in the bottle, pretty, vibrant notes of white peach, white flowers and salty minerality all emerge from the 2018 Prestige Rosé. A wine of real impact and drama, it stays balanced and layered on the palate and is an incredibly versatile rosé to drink.

Chateau L’afriqueFamille Sumeire, Cotes De Provence Rosé, France, 2018, £19.99 
Region: Provence 
Grapes: Syrah, Shiraz, Grenache 
ABV: 13% 

A very pale rosé, which is both bright and beautiful in the glass, it exhibits nuances of rosewood, with an intense and rich perfume of crisp apples and passionfruit. A gentle and refreshing style of rosé, which instantly recalls memories of sunshine and deck chairs. 

Vin, Rose, Chateau De Miraval Rosé 2018£14.67 
Region: Provence 
Grapes: Cinsault, Grenache 
ABV: 13% 

Pale pink in colour and boasting delicate floral, melon and wild strawberry aromas, it’s easy to understand why this is a popular rosé as soon as you start to pour your first glass. Produced on the Miraval Estate, which is jointly owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, on the palate, it’s medium-bodied, with tangerine and peach notes providing a zesty freshness. The ideal rosé for a warm spring evening and a hot summer’s day. 

UK Rosé

Aldwick Estate – Mary’s Rose 2018, £12.00 
Region: Somerset 
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Solaris, Regent 
ABV: 11.5% 

Salmon pink in colour, with lychees and soft red fruits on the nose, this is an aromatic and dry rosé. With light citrus flavours and a hint of pineapple on the palate, this wine is produced on the Aldwick Estate in North Somerset, where they have been producing wine since 2013. A wonderful rosé to sit back and relax with in the warm English sunshine. 

Lyme Bay Winery – Pinot Noir Rosé – 2018 Vintage£16.99 
Region: Devon 
Grapes: Pinot Noir 
ABV: 12.6%

A single varietal Pinot Noir Rosé from the award-winning West Country Lyme Bay Winery, intense aromas of cherries, rosehip and strawberries and cream can be found. 

On the palate this wine shows good length and mouthfeel, with a refreshing acidity driven by redcurrant, cranberry, rhubarb and strawberry flavours. This is best served when very lightly chilled.  

Renegade London Wine ‘Jock’ 2018 English Rosé£24.00 
Region: London 
Grapes: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier 
ABV: 12% 

Produced from a cutting-edge urban winery based in Bethnal Green, East London, this is a delicate English rosé. Pale in appearance, with soft summer berries and orange blossom aromas and naturally tangy flavours on the palate.  

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