The best rosé wines

There are plenty of de­cent in­ex­pen­sive rosés to be found

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Is there any­thing more sum­mery than a bot­tle of chilled rosé? Wine pro­duc­ers lament the fact that we Ir­ish will only crack it open when the sun comes out and the tem­per­a­ture rises – and that doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten. They ar­gue that rosé is a great wine 12 months of the year, and they have a point; rosé goes re­ally well with a va­ri­ety of foods, in­clud­ing warm- weather sal­ads, but with most chicken and shell­fish dishes too. It can also make a great part­ner for mildly- spiced cur­ries and Asian dishes. Medium- bod­ied rosé is in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile, match­ing up per­fectly with grilled and bar­be­cued white meats, paella and risotto, as well as pâtés, char­cu­terie and goat’s cheese. And of course, it makes a great aper­i­tif. As some of them are off- dry, they can be eas­ier to drink solo or with nib­bles than a nerve- jan­gling crisp acidic white wine. Yet there is some­thing dis­tinctly sunny about rosé. While posh ver­sions are all the rage ( see this week’s Ir­ish Times sum­mer food guide for Whis­per­ing An­gel) I have a soft spot for light un­com­pli­cated in­ex­pen­sive rosé, sipped well- chilled while sit­ting in the shade on a hot sunny day.

There are plenty of de­cent in­ex­pen­sive rosés to be found, al­though I would steer clear of the re­ally cheap, sweet ver­sions. Marks & Spencer held its an­nual spring wine tast­ing re­cently and in­cluded a range of wines priced at ¤ 7-¤ 7.50. Nor­mally wines in this cat­e­gory are fairly an­o­dyne, if not very con­fected, but I was very taken with the House Rosé, along with sev­eral white wines. M& S also showed the very glug­gable low- al­co­hol ( 9.5 per cent) For­rest Marl­bor­ough Pinot Noir Rosé, one of the best low- al­co­hol wines I have tasted.

Aldi has three rosés, all for less than ¤ 9; as well as the Côtes de Provence listed be­low, the Ex­quis­ite Touraine Rosé (¤ 8.49) is worth try­ing out.

Su­perValu has a rosé pro­mo­tion ( ends July 7th), with 10 wines, in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent Gra­ham Nor­ton Marl­bor­ough Rosé (¤ 10), the very el­e­gant, smooth La Petite Per­riere (¤ 8), and the crisp, dry Ben­del (¤ 10) from Provence. In ad­di­tion, they stock the re­cently ar­rived fruit- filled Santa Rita Rosé 2017 (¤ 12.50) from Chile, as does Tesco. O’Briens off- li­cence runs a sum­mer- long rosé pro­mo­tion every year, of­fer­ing a sec­ond bot­tle at half- price. I fea­tured the He­donisme Rosé from Gérard Ber­trand in the food mag­a­zine, and the Chateau Rioter be­low is a tasty op­tion, but I also en­joyed the food- friendly Petit Bour­geois Pinot Noir Rosé (¤ 15.95, buy one, get one at half price).

Lastly while I am not com­pletely con­vinced by ex­pen­sive rosé, for me the finest rosé of all is pink Cham­pagne, and a glass of the Veuve Clic­quot Rosé would go down very well on a balmy sum­mer evening.

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