9 rosés to try before you die

1. Château d’Esclans, Garrus, 2015

The style: Dry, barrel-aged rosé
The medal: Master
The price: Approx £70
The sugar content: 1g/l
The ABV: 14%
The closure: natural cork
The producer: Caves d’Esclans
The source: Provence, France
The grapes: Grenache, Vermentino
The taste: It should be stated immediately that this blockbuster of a wine is barely a rosé. Looked at through its thick clear glass bottle, it’s more like a deeply-coloured white wine than a pink product, although it is made predominantly with red grape Grenache. Now, if it were judged as a white, people would praise its wonderful balance of fresh fruit and smoky, gently nutty, barrel-source characters.

As a rosé, however, it takes the style into new extremes, surprising tasters with its toasty aromas, as well as it high price – no still rosé is more expensive than Garrus.

But, once the shock of a oak-aged, £80 rosé passes, the product can be enjoyed for its ripe, red fruit flavours, creamy texture, and grapefruit lift on the finish, along with a lovely note of grilled nuts. Layered, bright, and oh-so-pale, no other rosé is quite like this one. But none are as memorable either.

3 Responses to “9 rosés to try before you die”

  1. Chris T says:

    A nice cold pint of real ale is much more immediate refreshment than any rosé

  2. Gordon S says:

    Some of these rosé wines sound lovely. Rosé wines seem quite popular at the moment and the average quality has seems to have improved. I was a bit disappointed to see that nearly all those presented come from France and none from Italy. I have tasted some fabulous Italian rosés ….. at fairly approachable prices.

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