SummerRosés!

In the summer, there is nothing more pleasurable than a glass of rosé on a terrace; Le Sommelier has a selection of rosés which will delight your taste buds and enliven your summer evenings.
2018-05-01
Wine Review

CHATEAU D’ESCLANS

Garrus 2016, Provence

Château d'Esclans is a 267-hectare wine estate, located at La Motte, between the Gorges de Pennafort and Fréjus. The Château dates back from the Gallic period, and its cellars are some of the oldest in the region, since 2006 it is owned by Sacha Lichine. Hailed as one of the best rosés in the world, Garrus is distinguished by its very pale orange colour, nose that expresses openly on notes of fresh white peaches, and a mouth that offers richness and harmony where notes of citrus give an additional freshness. Round and fleshy, it impresses with its great persistence. The finish is the icing on the cake, a beautiful liveliness! Wonderful with grilled lobster, courgette’s flower bombons, cheeses (Ewe cheese, goat cheese) and macarons.

CHÂTEAU MINUTY

Rosé et Or 2017, Provence

The vineyard of Château Minuty is located on the slopes of the villages of Gassin and Ramatuelle, overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. The vines have deep soils and almost no pebbles, mostly planted with Grenache. This vibrant rosé is a concentration of delicious aromas, intense freshness and a mouth which leave entirely up to the expression of the fruit. Vintage 2017, Rosé et Or is complex with a lot of freshness and finesse, revealing notes of pink grapefruit and white peach. Delightful with grilled gambas, scallops, chicken curry, or strawberry clafoutis.

DOMAINE VINCENT DELAPORTE

Sancerre Rosé 2014, Loire

In the centre of the village of Chavignol and the Sancerre vineyards, is where the heart of this family estate is, led by the Delaporte family. Since the 17th century, vineyards and know-how have been handed down from father to son. The passion persists. Deeply attached to the terroirs, the traditions and the inheritance received by his grandfather Vincent and then his father Jean-Yves, Matthieu Delaporte joined the estate in 2010 bringing his own touch. The talent of this young winemaker is expressed today in its full extent. Guided by his father, they undertake together a series of changes that today yield positive results. This rosé of Sancerre made from Pinot Noir plays with delicacy and freshness. A range of charming flavours subtly delineates with tasty and crisp red fruit notes, guided by a fresh juice filled with invigorating citrus and fine floral hint. This rosé delights the taste buds with its pure and intense expression. Enjoy it with salmon gravlax, Indian cuisine, chicken tajine, cheese (Brie de Meaux, goat cheese).

HUSH HEATH ESTATE

Balfour 1503 Rosé, NV, Kent

Hush Heath Estate in Kent dates back to 1503 with the construction of the Hush Heath Mansion by the Balfour-Lynn family. The manor, which still exists today overlooks 120 hectares of land on which there is a vineyard, an orchard and a beautiful old oak forest. Balfour 1503 Rosé is an explosion of red fruit and pink grapefruit, bright and fresh with hints of citrus, wild strawberries and dried herbs, generous acidity and a wonderful balance guaranteeing a soft touch in the finish. Delicious with aperitif dinatoire, fines charcuteries, fish lasagna or strawberry ice-cream.

Miraval

Miraval Rosé 2015, Provence

A refined and elegant rosé one can usually find in Provence, but this time, with the additional demand of its producers: the Perrin family, owners of Château de Beaucastel, along with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of Château de Miraval, have been actively involved in the preparation of the wine. Obtained from an exceptional terroir that brings minerality and freshness to the wine, the Miraval Rosé is made after a precise selection of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Rolle. The rosé is a pale pink wine emanating intense aromas of white flowers, small red fruits and freshly picked strawberries. On the palate, it is round and fresh, and offers a good balance between minerality and aromas of fruit, citrus and wild herbs. Perfect with vegetable tagine, langoustine bombons or strawberry tiramisu.

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