Think Pink—

From pale Provençal to beefy Chilean, rosé is one of the fastest growing categories in the wine world. Whether you’re sipping silky aperitifs or pouring for bold barbecues, this summer’s best bottles offer surprising tips enticing you to peer beyond the rim of your regular rosé tinted spectacles.

The popularity of Provence in the south of France has seen celebrities from Sarah Jessica-Parker to Brangelina launch their own wines and it’s a style that I’ll admit is hard to resist, especially when the temperature starts to soar. Balanced between refreshment, fruit and moreish magic, these wines are superb with dishes from seaside treats to garlic chicken and summery salads. Provence is a rare region that specializes in pale pink charms blended from a variety of different grape varieties that somehow always taste of liquid holidays. But the Languedoc is catching up and offering stellar bargains without skimping on quality such as La Terrasse, my wine of the week. If Provence is going premium, its allure needs to be as A-list as the prices. With her recent rosé released on Tesco’s shelves to a warm reception, keep an eye out for Kylie Minogue’s brand new single estate Côtes de Provence rosé coming soon.

With rosé, deeper colour can be an indication of more powerful flavours from grapes with heftier thicker skins such as Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. These can work a charm with richer recipes of smoke and spice, as long as the vino retains the right balance of fruit – my Leftfield pick from New Zealand this week is a robust riot of refreshment. Some rosé can defy expectation with deep colour as well as deft vitality such as Joseph Mellot Sancerre Rosé 2018 (13.5%) which is £21 from and on balance worth splashing the cash if you’re after a treat thanks to its classy poise, fine structure and food-friendly zing – spot on to pair with a platter of cured meats. But for rosé with muscle that won’t smash the piggy bank, my pick is Paso Primero 2019 (14.5%) from Spain’s Somontano which is £8.90 from and erupts with all the flavours you’ll ever need for a feast. When rosé tastes this good, the scent of summer need never end – at least in your glass.


Olly’s wine picks were originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 16th August 2020

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