9 rosés to try before you die

7. Château Brown Rosé, 2016

The style: Dry, barrel-aged rosé
The medal: Silver in 2017’s competition, and Gold for the 2015 vintage in 2016’s competition
The price: Approx £25
The sugar content: 1g/l
The ABV: 13%
The closure: Natural cork
The producer: Château Brown
The source: Bordeaux, France
The grapes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon / 50% Merlot
The taste: With four-months spent in one-year-old French oak barriques, this pale peach-coloured rosé from Bordeaux may look delicate, but has toasted nutty characters more commonly associated with full-bodied barrel-aged white wines. This complements the ripe red berry fruit, adding a welcome layer of complexity, while enhancing this wine’s versatility – it would certainly pair well with white meats as well as pre-dinner snacks. Meanwhile, the Cabernet-Merlot base, coupled with Bordeaux’s maritime climate, ensures that this rosé has a bright refreshing finish, so it remains quaffable, which is so important for any pink drink. Indeed, among the small class of barrel-aged rosés, few are better balanced.

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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