I’m blown away by the quality of southern French rosé from 2020. Wine was made under the trickiest circumstances and yet flavours are joyful. Provence is the hub of pink wine and the quality speaks for itself. For the best bottles buy from independent retailers, but I’ve found a great bottle under a tenner in Morrisons. Across the French Mediterranean, careful blending of the vintage has delivered rosé that rocks.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
L’ESCARPE COTEAUX D’AIX-EN- PROVENCE ROSÉ 2020 (13%), £8.75, Morrisons. Terrific value for a quaffable, classy rosé to pair with summer salads.
GAYDA LA MINUETTE ROSÉ IGP PAYS D’OC 2020 (12%), £11.55, hhandc.co.uk. Gorgeous floral scent, strawberry and zingy splendour unite in pitch perfection.
CÔTES DE THONGUE DOMAINE LES FILLES DE SEPTEMBRE 2020 (12.5%), £11.90, yapp.co.uk. Glossy and classy with a hint of apricot and spice – a brilliant all-rounder.
DOMAINE LA CENDRILLON MINUIT, CORBIÈRES 2020 (13%), £12.50, tanners-wines.co.uk. Best barbecue rosé – plush, fuller flavour with vibrant refreshment.
WINE OF THE WEEK
MIP CÔTES DE PROVENCE 2020 (12.5%), £14.95, leaandsandeman.co.uk. Peachy and fragrant. I’ve ordered multiple cases of this to rock the summer. Sensational.
This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 6th June 2021 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.