20th August, 2014 by Simon Howland
With the release of our Global Rosé Masters 2014 results, the drinks business has picked out the top still, dry performers priced over £10.
The pressure to perform rested largely on the French and the rosés of Provence didn’t disappoint but it was satisfying to see top medals awarded in the premium flight to wines from Spain, Italy and as far afield as the US.
With the dry rosés separated from those with more than 4g/l of residual sugar, discussion was concentrated on colour and balance and it was interesting to see how the judges responded to the more “serious” rosés, pink wines being made with structure and age worthiness in mind.
While the quality of the New World was apparent in the sub-£10 category, it was the rosés of Europe which accounted for all but one of the top 10 over £10 where the quality of these wines really challenged the the widely held view of rosé being just a bit of fun for summer.
Divided only by price bracket and, for ease of judging, into sparkling, sweet and dry, the blind tasting format removed and regional prejudice from the proceedings.
Wines were scored out of 100, with those gaining over 95 points awarded the top title of Master. Those earning over 90 points were given a Gold, those over 85 points a Silver and those over 80 points a Bronze.
The wines were judged by Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers on July 10, 2014 at Hardy’s Brasserie, in London’s Marylebone.
The judges were: Sarah Abbott MW, wine educator & consultant; Demetri Walters MW, Berry Brothers & Rudd; Matthieu Longuère MS, Le Cordon Bleu; Mark Savage MW, Savage Selection; Hugo Rose MW, consultant; Gabriel Savage, the drinks business; Patrick Schmitt, the drinks business; Simon Howland, the drinks business
The full list of Master, Gold and Silver medal winners appeared in August 2014’s issue of the drinks business, but turn the page to see the competition’s top performing dry rosés over £10.