Joseph Mellot Sancerre Le Rabault Rosé 2013, Loire, France

This needs time to come out of its shell, so don’t be afraid to decant it

Joseph Mellot Sancerre Le Rabault Rosé 2013, Loire, France (£16.99 Famous Wines, Eagle Wines, The Leamington Wine Company, Kingsgate Wines)
Very shy initially, with muted fruit, and the whiff of sulphur still speaking of a very young wine. But a couple of hours after opening, suddenly the fruit emerges, raspberry and blackcurrant, with a leafy, floral edge in there too and a touch of citrus on the finish. B+

Plaimont Producteurs ‘Les Bastions’ Saint Mont Rosé 2013, South West France

A tasty rosé, but if I’d had my eyes closed, I’d have said it were white…

Plaimont Producteurs ‘Les Bastions’ Saint Mont Rosé 2013, South West France (£6.99 Adnams Cellar & Kitchen)
Has some of that herby fennel and stewed apple flavour that I associate with the whites of this region, plus a touch of something more tropical (custard apple?) and MAYBE a hint of red berry. Ripe, but dry, and almost savoury on the finish, with a sandy element in there too. B+

David Maître Vigneron Syrah/Braucol Côtes de Tarn Rosé 2013, South West France

A familiar grape + an unfamiliar grape

David  Maître Vigneron Syrah/Braucol Côtes de Tarn Rosé 2013, South West France (£9 Exel Wines)
Vigorous youngster, lovely aromas and flavours of just-cooked strawberries, but there’s also some green apple freshness, hints of spice and sand (that flavour you get when you drop your butties on the beach but minus the gritty crunch) and a touch of tannin S-

Cune Rioja Rosado 2012, Spain

On the richer side of rosé, but none the worse for that.

Cune Rioja Rosado 2012, Spain (£9.49 Majestic, Dunedin Wines, Refreshers, Ellies Cellars, Hailsham Cellars, Fountainhall Wines, winedirect.co.uk)
Deep strawberry pink in colour, and maintains the red berry theme with juicy fruit (fresh and slightly cooked), with notes of spice, fresh vanilla and honey, and a floral tang to the finish. Very tasty, perfect for boisterous barbecued food. S(-)

La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France

Nice enough packaging but…

La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France (£8.99 Old School Wines, Selfridges)
Pretty colour, but the peachy flavours and touch of stewed apple could easily be those of a white wine. Maybe there is a touch of red berry in there, along with a slight sandy/herby note, but while this is perky and fresh, it doesn’t have quite enough overall flavour. C+

Grant Burge GB11 Rosé 2013, South Australia

No, 11 isn’t the vintage – this range includes GB 15 Pinot Grigio, GB56 Shiraz and so on…

Grant Burge GB11 Rosé 2013, South Australia (£8.99 Nidderdale Fine Wines, The Wine Shop, www.thedrinkshop.com, Cheers Wine Merchants, Famous Wines)
Quite deep in colour and I was expecting something rather sweet and blobby from the slightly medicinal fruit cordial aromas. But it’s actually rather nice, with plush plummy raspberry and strawberry fruit, a touch of spice and a fresh finish. Bit of a bimbo, but a nice bimbo. B

Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2013, Pays d’Oc, France

Made from Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc – hence the name…

Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2013, Pays d’Oc, France (£9.99 Strictly Wine, Wineman, Askewine, Cellar Door Wines, Dickens House Wine Emporium, Philip Pruden Wines, Trina’s Wines, Freshfield Fine Wines, The Cellar (Buntingford), Divine Wines, Hanslope Wines, Riverside Wines, Cross Stobs Bottle Shop, Starmore Boss, Whalley Wine Shop, Lamorbey Wine)
Very pale in colour, but not in flavour. This majors on flavours more associated with white wine – peach melba, apple and citrus – but there’s also a touch of red berry in there to remind you it’s pink. Refreshing but with an exotic side, and a fresh, spicy finish. S-

Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2013, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Not come across this blend for a rosé before. It’s…oh well watch the video to find out..

Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2013, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (£9.99 Tesco, Majestic, Bargain Booze, Wine Rack, Village Wines, NZHouseofwine.com)
Smells quite promising, with gentle blackcurrant blackberry and apple (fresh and pie) aromas, but then when you come to taste it, there’s something that’s just a bit too cloying and syruppy for real pleasure, despite having no more sure sweetness than many rosés. C

Jean Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Méditerranée Rosé 2013, France

A wine that really grew on me – tried the remnants of the sample bottle a week after first opening it and it was still going strong…

Jean Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Méditerranée Rosé 2013, France (£9.99 Fresh and Wild, Les Caves du Patron, Luvians, Noble Green Wines, Bacchus et Al, Clifton Cellars, Kingsgate Wines, The Whalley Wine Shop, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Partridges of Sloane Street, Wine Rack, Wimbledon Wine Cellar)
A bit shy to start with, but you sense that there’s quite a bit of wine here. Quite rich and mouthfilling, with red berry and peach flavours, a note of herbs that seems to grow in the glass, and a lively finish. B+

Borsão Tres Picos Garnacha 2012, Campo de Borja, Spain

Every time I’ve tried this wine, it’s been less than 3 years old, and I’ve wished I could have seen it with a lot more bottle age, to see what happens to the oak imprint - anyone have any mature vintages?

Borsão Tres Picos Garnacha 2012, Campo de Borja, Spain (£12.95 Saddleworth Wine Vault)
Currently a bit of a growler, with that young oaky feeling that comes across in slightly rubbery fashion. But there’s this wealth of dark fruit, heady warm bramble and berry, with some of the classic earthy warmth of Spain and a rich spicy finish. Concentrated and intense, but needs either plenty of sloshing round a decanter or more time in bottle to show at its best. S (and probably deserves a bit more than that…)