9 rosés to try before you die

14th August, 2017 by Patrick Schmitt

2. Château de la Soujeole Rosé, 2016

The style: Dry, barrel-aged rosé
The medal: Gold
The price: Approx £30
The sugar content: 1g/l
The ABV: 13%
The closure: Natural cork
The producer: Gérard Bertrand
The source: Malepère, Languedoc, France
The grapes: 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 20% Malbec
The taste: A really exciting find in a world where the majority of rosés seem to be coming from the same source – Provence – and the same grapes: Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. In contrast, this example uses Bordeaux grapes from the southern French appellation of Malepère. This origin and these ingredients, when coupled to a touch of barrel-ageing, yields a pink product that’s distinctive and delicious. Expect flavours of crushed strawberries, and a creamy, slightly nutty note – presumably from the 20 days the wine spends in barriques – as well as a chalky taste and texture, which brings an appealing dryness to the wine. Layered, and refreshing, this is a complex rosé that would pair well with a light lunch. If only it were easier to find.

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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