It may be a cliché, but it works… something about the summer just makes us want to drink pink! Luckily these days the line-up of rosés on offer is wonderfully varied, making it an exciting category to experiment with. Southern French classics will appeal to traditionalists, their pale colour and blends of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon lending them elegant roundness and structure. But we've also got the perfect pink picks for people looking further afield than France, or for serious rosé drinkers looking for something structured and complex – we can point you towards our food friendly rosés.
Jean-Louis Descours fell in love with Château La Verrerie in 1981, when he was looking at retirement estates. As a result, he purchased the château and its 20 hectares with his son Gérard and brought it back to winemaking life. The same care that the Descours family and their team bring to Champagne Charles Heidsieck, they also demonstrate in La Verrerie’s wines. Their rosé expresses fresh red forest fruits, as well as floral notes and aromatic herbs including sage and laurel.
Château Beaulieu produces delicious wines from Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. The estate comprises 180 hectares of vines which lie at an altitude of 400 metres, in the heart of an ancient volcanic crater. The sunny, dry Mediterranean climate ensures ripe, fruit-driven wines. Sea breezes moderate the hot, drying influence of the Mistral. This rosé has redcurrant and wild strawberry perfumes that develop into juicy white peach and pear notes.
This wine is full of ripe strawberries and cherries with a crisp finish, typical of the Grenache grape when used to make rosé. The grapes were gently whole bunch-pressed to minimise colour extraction and to keep it as pale and delicate as possible. It walks the tightrope of being both wonderfully fruity and also slightly savoury on the palate, making it a fantastic food wine.
The Dal Cero family has transformed their Cà dei Frati property, situated on the southern shores of Lake Garda, into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. The secret to their success is their outstanding vineyards. At Cà dei Frati, the vines are trained low, newer vineyards have a higher density of planting and yields are well below the average for the zone. Made as a blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese and Barbera, this rosé is zesty with aromas of summer pudding and strawberries.
A blend of expressively fruity varieties Corvina, Merlot and Rondinella, Alpha Zeta’s rosato is one of our most popular summer wines. The fruit comes from vineyards in the Valpantena Valley where cool currents from the Dolomites help slow grape ripening. This helps to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. Attractive aromas of strawberries and cherries are complemented by subtle floral notes. This wine is dry on the palate with a fragrant finish.
Herdade do Peso’s sustainably-farmed vineyard is in the southern part of the Alentejo region in Portugal. The hot climate ripens grapes quickly, so winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida picks the Touriga Nacional early to retain natural acidity and freshness. Fermentation at 16ºC and protective winemaking in stainless steel also preserves the fruit. The wine has an attractive cherry pink colour with fragrant aromas and a dry finish.
The striking new Rosé de La Chevalière label wonderfully captures the vivacity of this Grenache/Syrah-based rosé blend. Grapes were mainly from the estate's organic Roqua Blanca vineyard where the warm sunny days and well-exposed, schist slopes are particularly suited to red grapes. The fruit was harvested at night and whole bunch pressed to ensure a more delicate and scented rosé. Bottled young with a very light filtration, this has ripe redcurrants and lively acidity on the palate.
This wine is named after its beautiful rose quartz colour. Made from Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault, it takes its cue from the south of France. All the grapes were handled gently, being hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. The wine was fermented in stainless steel, except a very small portion of the Grenache which was fermented in old French oak barrels to give it some roundness and body on the palate.
Izadi’s rosado is made with Garnacha (Grenache), a variety with a vibrant fruit flavour that makes it particularly well-suited for rosé winemaking. The low-yielding vines are grown in high altitude vineyards at 780 metres above sea level which helps maintain both flavour concentration and delicacy in the wine. It has delicious aromas of strawberry, raspberry and red cherries, alongside notes of white peach and pear.