Ten of the world’s best rosés

2. Château La Sauvageonne La Villa rosé

LA-VILLA-75CL-300DPIProducer: Château La Sauvageonne (Gérard Bertrand)
Region: Languedoc
Country: France
Vintage: 2015
Sugar content: bone dry (0.2 g/l)
Abv: 13%
Grape varieties: Vermentino / Viognier / Mouvèdre / Grenache
Closure: cork
Price: £40
Rosé Masters medal: Gold

For those looking for a more structured, serious and versatile rosé then this is the ideal wine. With a proportion transferred to oak barriques for 6 months, this rosé has a complexing layer of nuttiness from the wood (and lees) contact, as well as a mouth-filling creamy texture, along with masses of ripe red berry fruit and a tangy citrus finish. Although it is quite a powerful wine, it delivers wonderful rosé refreshment, and proves that oak barrels can be successfully used in pink winemaking. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also delicious.

5 Responses to “Ten of the world’s best rosés”

  1. tom mccarthy says:

    You might be surprised to know that one of the biggest export markets for South African rosé wine is ……. France. That’s right, France. Where does it all go? Can you buy bottles in your local Intermarche? No you can’t. The reason? It’s inside of those bottles labelled as ‘French’ rosé wine. Santé! mes amies.

  2. Chester Grucza says:

    Pretty sure, that Minuit Rose is owned by Chateau d’Astros, not d’Escarelle? Very surprised not to find any Bandol wines, I must say.

    • Minuit Rose isn’t owned by Château d’Astros nor Château de l’Escarelle – it’s a privately held brand and its supplier varies between these 2 vineyards (as they have a very similar taste & specs) according to markets.

  3. Bob plantenberg says:

    More like best french rose, but 1 good Italian did get in. Missed Montes cherub rose and a bunch of good usa rose.

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