Tickled pink! Five rocking rosés
Everything's coming up rosé! When the sun shines the nation is bathing in the pink stuff. So let's keep hangovers at bay and drink these blush beauties picked by Berkshire's Grape & Nectar.
The sun’s out and the nation’s reaching for the rosé. Once dismissed as “lady petrol”, during the summer months it’s knocked back with abandon. Woah, there laydee, let’s keep the hangovers at bay. Fiona Hayes and Katherine Dart of Berkshire-based Grape Nectar are on a mission to demystify wine and offer superb wines at affordable prices for us all to enjoy. It’s all all about quality over quantity *note to self*. Let’s be honest, life is too short (and busy) for hangovers and bad experiences.
Here are Fiona’s best rosés to whet your whistle this summer…
This is a Provence style wine, without the price tag. Made from equal parts Grenache, Cinsault & Syrah, the grapes are sourced from vineyards overlooking the Pyrenées in the Languedoc Rousillon sub region of Haut Vallée de L’Aude. An affordable, accessible rosé produced from a family run business, this wine is perfect for every day drinking.
Available: Grape & Nectar, Sandys Fishmongers
This wine originates from the incredible region of Mount Etna in Sicily with volcanic soils and altitude, and is produced from the indigenous Nerello Mascalese grape variety. We love how the wine is extremely pale in colour, almost like a white wine which is unusual, as well as its subtle crushed raspberry and pink grapefruit aromas. The Rosato is also vegan.
Available: Grape & Nectar and Independent retailers
Bandol is a high quality subregion within Provence and these wines are more concentrated in style than most Provence rosé examples, thanks to the often higher percentage of Mouvedre grape variety making the blend. We love this grower because not only are the wines drinking perfectly now, they are also incredibly ageworthy (we have been lucky enough to taste these wines back to the 80’s) Their organic certification and the older vine fruit going into this rosé helps produce one of France’s most respected wines.
Available: Grape & Nectar, Fortnum & Mason, Tanners
Château La Mascaronne
Over the last few years investment has been made to convert the vineyard to 100% organic viticulture and improvements in the vineyard and winery to make this a stand out Provence rosé. Largely down to the effort of Tom Bove (who sold his Miraval property to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie), the winery is now in the capable hands of Michel Reybier, owner of Bordeaux Chateau, Cos D’Estournel.
Available: Hedonism, House of Townsend
We had to include a sparkling rosé in our selection, and this one from England’s oldest commercial wineries hits the spot. Based in Hampshire on the same soil type as in Champagne, this sparkling is a very classy example indeed. Don;t just take our word for it, it was also served at one of the Queen’s state dinners at Buckingham palace.
Available: Majestic, direct from Hambledon
Need wine advice, contact Grape & Nectar who can curate, introduce you to new wines via their monthly wine subscriptions boxes and can source bottles for your mini cellar or event.