Your sum­mer wine sur­vival kit – blush­ing rosés

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I DO hope that writ­ing about wines for sum­mer weather will not put the ky­bosh on any sight­ings of the sun from now un­til Septem­ber.

Now and next time I’ll pro­vide you with a handy list of wines that should see you through sum­mer for all sorts of oc­ca­sions. Use that wine rack at­tach­ment in the fridge for its in­tended pur­pose and you’ll be ready for any­thing.

This week: pinks to quench your

thirst.

Think pink

Noth­ing says sum­mer like rosé and, thanks to our en­thu­si­asm for the style there is now a wider choice to buy than ever. Cheap rosés are in plen­ti­ful sup­ply, but some guid­ance on the more pricey ones might be ap­pre­ci­ated.

I had the chance to taste (blind) some rosés rang­ing in price from £12 to £100 and these were some of my favourites.

Whis­per­ing An­gel 2014 – £16.99 from The Wine Re­serve, Cob­ham and other in­de­pen­dents

A lot to pay for a bot­tle of rosé? Some­how we seem to think that rosés can never scale the heights of truly fine wine in the same way as white and red wines. Is rosé just too friv­o­lous? Well try this and see what you think. This Provence rosé is pale and pretty, a blend of Gre­nache, Rolle (aka Ver­mentino, a white grape) and rosé spe­cial­ist red grape Cin­sault. I found it to be herbal and del­i­cate, but with pres­ence and length.

I also rated Château Léoube, Rosé de Léoube 2014 – £14.50 from or­ganic spe­cial­ists Vintage Roots; £14.95 from slurp.co.uk; also in­de­pen­dent mer­chants. It typ­i­fies the ‘don’t try too hard’ charm of Provençal rosés and has enough depth of flavour com­bined with fresh­ness to make for great bal­ance.

Al­bury Silent Pool Rosé 2014 – £15 or there­abouts for stock­ists in­clud­ing Taurus Wines, Bram­ley and The Wine Re­serve Cob­ham, see www. al­buryvine­yard.com

Made on the south-fac­ing chalk slopes of the Downs near Guild­ford, 2014 is the best vintage yet of this or­ganic wine. Made from clas­sic Cham­pagne va­ri­eties Pinots Noir and Me­u­nier, it has lovely red fruit char­ac­ters, cit­rusy acid­ity and real depth of flavour.

Wil­liams Chase Rosé 2014 – £14 to £15 from The Good Wine Shop, Corks Out and Har­vey Ni­chols, £13.50 from Tan­ners – also look out for mag­nums

This beau­ti­fully pack­aged rosé sounds English, but is very def­i­nitely French, from the Lubéron (Peter Mayle coun­try for those old enough to re­mem­ber him). I found a be­guil­ing mix of as­para­gus and rose petal aro­mas with lovely fresh­ness on the palate.

Read more from Heather at www.red­white­an­drose.co.uk

Rosé from the Al­bury vine­yard

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