Wines of the week: Three Southern French rosés

Terry Kirby shares his pick of rosés from the South of France

Terry Kirby
Friday 26 August 2016 11:07

You can’t judge a book by its cover or even a wine by its bottle… unless they are gorgeously-designed rosés from the South of France, just right for late-summer drinking.

Chateau De L’Aumerade, Cotes De Provence Rosé Cuvee Marie Christine, 2015

From an ancient ‘Cru Classe’ vineyard in the heart of Provence, an utterly sublime blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, a lovely pale pink colour that conceals knock out flavours of grapefruit, tangerine, herbs and a touch of spice. Ideal for Bouillabaisse or other tomato-based fish and vegetable dishes.

£11.95; £9.99 (minimum order six bottles)

Maison Williams Chase 2015

A terrific combination of Provençal wine and English styling. Chase, the Herefordshire farmer who launched Tyrrells crisps and Chase Vodka – the origin of the square-shouldered bottle – has expanded into wine with a chateau near Lourmarin (made famous by another Englishman, writer Peter Mayle) creating a classic Grenache-based ‘pink.’ As elegant as its bottle, perfect for all fish dishes.

£12.49; £12.95 (2014)

Haut Vol Rose 2015

Planning a barbecue or picnic this Bank Holiday weekend? Look no further than this well-priced wine from the Languedoc, although very similar to most Provençal rosés: delicate, pale pink, a Grenache-based blend delivering the familiar mix of red fruits, herbs and spices in an attractive bottle that make these wines so appealing. Grilled mackerel, sardines or chicken, tapas or just a bowl of pasta in the garden.

£7.99 (or £6.99 as part of mixed six bottle purchase)

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