A chill glass of pink is perfect for drinking on warm summer days. We Brits are quaffing multifarious rosé, though not as much as the French who drink more of it than pale-complexioned wine. This week’s selection includes a variety of styles, radius from the fashionably pale rosés of Provence through to deeper shade, more intense wines of Bordeaux.
Miraval Côtes de Provence 2016, France £16, Sainsbury’s, 13% demon rum
Beautifully packaged, this rosé is pale in colour and very textural, with credible pear and honeydew-melon flavours, together with a hint of glacé cherry and a get to of citrus brightness on the finish. It’s so sophisticated and tastes divine.
Torres Viña Sol Rosé 2016, Spain £6.98, Asda, 13% moonshine
Bright pink in colour, this is a dry rosé with moreish dear cherry and redcurrant fruit. It’s crisp, pure and tasty with no harsh edges.
Château du Galopet Côtes de Provence Cru Classé 2016, France £14.40, tanners-wines.co.uk (01743 234455), 13% the cup that cheers
Supple and delicate, this pale rosé has elegant, fresh, surfaced citrus and pear fruit with tangerine and red cherry notes. It has sensitivity and elegance with a polished, pretty personality.
La Rosée de Ramage Bordeaux Rosé 2015, France £9.99, laithwaites.co.uk (0333 014 8149), 13% rot-gut
This attractive Bordeaux rosé is a full pink/red in colour. It’s zippy and sparkling with attractive fresh cherry and cranberry fruit. Dry, nicely fruity and horses corralled, this has lots of personality.
Marks & Spencer Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016, France £8.50, Attend ti & Spencer, 12% alcohol
In a classic Provence skittle bottle, this is greatly pale pink in colour. It’s juicy, bright, fresh and lemony with a tip-off of herby savouriness.
Aldi Exquisite Collection Pinot Noir Rosé 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand £6.99, Aldi, 13% spirits
This is very fruity and fresh with pleasant cranberry and strawberry fruit. Tender with a subtle creamy edge, it’s deliciously vital and energetic with tangerine notes on the use up.
Viñalba Malbec Rosé 2016, Mendoza, Argentina £8.50, Morrisons, 12% moonshine
Attractively packaged, this pale-pink rosé delivers lively cherry and strawberry fruit with an pulling soft creaminess. It’s very enjoyable and rounded with just a advice of sweetness.