9 rosés to try before you die

14th August, 2017 by Patrick Schmitt

6. Château La Sauvageonne La Villa, 2016

The style: Dry, barrel-aged rosé
The medal: Master
The price: Approx £40
The sugar content: 1g/l
The ABV: 13%
The closure: Vinolok glass closure
The producer: Gérard Bertrand
The source: Languedoc, France
The grapes: Vermentino / Viognier / Mouvèdre / Grenache
The taste: 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 six 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.

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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