There are few things that can be more enjoyable than enjoying a nicely chilled glass of Rosé in a pretty fishing village on the Bassin de Thau. However, as many of you know, if you bring the same Rosé home it always seems rather disappointing. So, we have done our best to remedy the situation, by bringing back not one but three delicious Rosés from the Mediterranean that will taste just every bit as good here as on holiday! One is sourced from the Malepère region, near Carcassonne, and is a brilliant find made entirely from Cabernet Franc by Philippe Girard. The other two gems are made by Christine Deleuze, one of our favourite winemakers from Clos Bagatelle in Saint Chinian.
Domaine Girard Rosé, La Garriguette 2016
IGP Pays d’Oc
Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, this delicately pink-tinged Rosé has inviting blackcurrant leaf aromas, which lead into a lovely mouthful of cassis and raspberry fruit. There is refreshing acidity and a gentle aromatic twist at the finish.
Summer in a glass!
Clos Bagatelle Rosé, Colline d’Assignan 2016
AOP Saint Chinian
In a frosted bottle, the style is very much Provence with a of 50% Cinsault with the remainder being Grenache and Carignan. This is another very subtly pink-tinged Rosé with a gorgeous perfumed, floral nose. On the palate it is plumper, bursting with summer pudding flavours, and finishes with some minerality and great length.
Very much in the Provence Rosé style and even better value!
Clos Bagatelle Le Sécret 2016
AOP Saint Chinian
By contrast this is made from 40% Mourvèdre, 40% Cinsault and 20% Grenache. Another very pale Rosé, this has been fermented in oak barriques, but the intention is to enhance the complexity of the wine not to add any oak flavour. And, this works very successfully. It has a gorgeous nose of strawberries and white peach, which leads into a full mouthful of strawberry and nectarine flavours, and finishes with hints of pink grapefruit and a long aromatic aftertaste.
Up there with the best Rosés, costing around £15 a bottle. Fabulous value for this level of complexity!