Rosé


Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Rosé 2016, South West France (£10.64 from the vineyard) A gush of juicy plum (fresh and tinned) and berry flavour, supple texture, not massively complex but really lovely punchy pink wine. B(+) Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Merlot/Cabernet 2015, South West France (£10.64 from the […]

Two wines from Domaine du Grand Mayne, Côtes de Duras


Quinta Nova Douro Rosé 2016, Portugal (~£15 Oakley Wine Agencies) Pale in Provence rosé fashion, with similar peach-infused red berry flavours (think peach Melba) but perhaps not the complexity and saline bite of the best wines. But still a decent, delicate, fresh, summer day wine. B

Quinta Nova Douro Rosé 2016, Portugal


Château d’Esclans Garrus Côtes de Provence Rosé 2014, France (£70-£80 check Wine-Searcher for stockists) Delicate but persistent style, shows the slightly salty tang, along with touches of spice, smoky oak and vanilla to start with but these fade with time allowing the peachy but precise flavours tinged with herbs to […]

A selection of wines from Château d’Esclans in Provence



Boutinot ‘Les Cerisiers’ Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015, France (£8.50 Hercules Wine Warehouse, Highbury Vintners) Juicy yet precise style, with rounded red berry, ripe red apple and rosehip flavours kept in check by crisp acidity. B+ Chapoutier ‘Belleruche’ Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015, France (£12.50 Hanging Ditch, Wined Up Here) […]

Two Côtes du Rhône Rosés


Domaine Saint Gayan Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2014, France (£10.50 Yapp Brothers) Bright and breezy style with juicy apple and strawberry flavours, and a slightly salty edge to the finish. Not hugely complex, but it’s a decent fresh quaff. B- Père Anselme La Grivelière Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2014, France […]

A bunch of Côtes du Rhône Rosés


Château des Sarrins Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013, France (£15.99 Bibendum, TheDrinkShop.com) A previous bottle of this was extremely awkward and pongy, like it was having a really bad hair day (see here). This one – tasted just a fortnight later – was better. There’s still a light sulphury whiff […]

Three Rosés from Provence, Chile & Portugal