Time for some fashionable ‘Pink’ !
Summer is in full swing. Night markets, picnics, barbeques, and long relaxing lunches by the pool, – the perfect opportunity to open a bottle of a chilled fruity rosé. Rosé has become very fashionable, it is extremely versatile, accompanies most meals and appeals to everybody.
The best Rosés tend to express the delicacy and freshness of their fruit with elegant aromas of juicy strawberries, freshly picked raspberries, nectarines, and blackcurrants, followed by a palate that offers a burst of mouthwatering acidity and delicate crunchy summer fruits. Many have just a hint of sweetness that balances the zesty acidity. A second glass is never a problem!
My ‘coups de coeur’ for summer drinking:
Domaine de Castellat, AOC Bergerac, 2008
Lovely pale copper colour.
Fruity aromas of cherries and redcurrants.
On the palate the same fruity flavours – cherries and redcurrants with refreshing, crisp acidity. Soft mouthfeel, very fruit scented – titillates the mid-palate with a juicy fruity finish.
Excellent quality/price. 3,90€
Seignoret les Tours, AOC Bergerac, 2008
Cherry red, exuberant red fruit aromas. Med-sweet, lively acidity, full of fruity flavours.
Very seductive mouthfeel with plenty of freshly picked ripe raspberries. Great depth of fruity flavour. Ideal for a summer barbeque. Price: 5,50€
Chateau Ferrylacombe, ‘Fidis’, Rosé de Provence 2008
Salmon pink . Lively, fruity, red summer fruits, plenty of redcurrants and strawberries, with subtle hints of wild rose.
Med-sweet, soft acidity, soft creamy mouth-feel with delicate fruity flavours – crushed sweet ripe strawberries, with a pinch of black pepper! Lingering fruity finish. Lovely with a wild salmon steak, wrapped in tinfoil with a splash of the same rosé wine and some grated ginger and left to simmer gently on the barbeque.