The world’s best rosé revealed

The biggest blind tasting of pink wines in the UK has just taken place, and that’s gives us a chance to reveal the world’s best rosé for 2020.

Such a result has been made possible by the completion of 2020’s Global Rosé Masters, which sees almost 200 samples from every corner of the pink-wine-producing world tasted ‘blind’ -– the judge had no knowledge of the source region or producer.

And, after this tasting, there were in fact two wines that achieved equally high scores of 96 points, which means that we must conclude that there is not one single ultimate Rosé Master in 2020, but two.

These are Garrus by Château d’Esclans and Clos du Temple by Gérard Bertrand. Both are dry Grenache-based rosés from France, both retail for more than £100, both are barrel-fermented, but one uses grapes grown in Côtes de Provence, and the other doesn’t – Clos du Temple hails from a biodynamic vineyard in Languedoc, dubbed a ‘grand cru’ site by producer Gérard Bertrand.

This means, based on an entirely independent blind tasting, that the Languedoc is capable of making rosé as great as Provence. Not better, but just as brilliant.

See below for the tasting notes and details on these two outstanding rosés.

Meanwhile, the June edition of the drinks business will feature a full report on the tasting, including all the medal winners. 

3 Responses to “The world’s best rosé revealed”

  1. Surely the title of ‘Best rosé amongst the 200 samples entered into the competition’ would be more accurate than’ ‘The world’s best rosé’, albeit less catchy and headline-worthy

  2. Charles Crawfurd says:

    Since most people drink rose at informal occasions I am not sure how many people will be willing to part with north of £170 a bottle in a post-pandemic world.

  3. rick garced says:

    Both wines selected have outstanding characteristics that exemplify the elevation of Rosé wines to be included in the luxury wine category. Clos du Temple though has a structure, length and flavor that exceeds any rosé our panel of Sommeliers have sampled. We found the wine to be a value for being the most iconic wine in it’s category to be found any where in the world.

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