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Jane MacQuitty’s Summer Rosé Recommendations

Jane MacQuitty recently released her 30 Best Rosé Wines in The Saturday Times and we were very pleased to note she was particularly impressed with 7 of our summer rosés. Now that we have had at least 12 hours of sun this summer and with plenty of warm weather predicted for this weekend – we thought it was high time to start sharing the best of Majestic’s Rosé range this season! Here’s what Jane had to say about our wines:

FRANCE

2009 Château Guiot Rosé, Costières de Nîmes2009 Château Guiot Rosé, Costières de Nîmes

£6.99, or buy two bottles for £5.99 each*

An old southern French friend, made by François and Sylvia Cornut, from vineyards south of Nîmes, planted predominantly with grenache, and some syrah. At 13.5 per cent alcohol, and with lots of firm, refreshing, lemony fruit, this is almost a pale red, not a rosé.

Oeil de Perdrix Brut Rosé Champagne, Veuve A. DevauxOeil de Perdrix Brut Rosé Champagne, Veuve A. Devaux

£26.65 down to £18 until June 7

No summer pink selection would be complete without champagne and this is Britain’s best sub-£20 buy, easily outclassing supermarket bubblies. Made by Devaux from pinot noir grapes grown in the outlying Côte des Bar, this prettily labelled pink bubbly delivers ripe, elegant, blackberry and blackcurrant-scented fruit.

2009 Château Pigoudet, La Chapelle, Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence2009 Château Pigoudet, La Chapelle, Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence

£8.99 or buy two for £7.99 each*

My kind of rosé — roughly two thirds syrah to one third cabernet, picked cool very early in the morning — whose pale rose-pink hue leads on to delicious dry, floral, herby, faintly raspberry-scented fruit. A gem.

2009 Saint Roch-les-Vignes, Côtes de Provence2009 Saint Roch-les-Vignes, Côtes de Provence

£6.99 or buy 2 for £5.99 each*

Tasty dark salmon-pink Provence rosé in its distinctive, curvy, traditional skittle-shaped bottle. This one comes from a well-equipped co-operative group of wine growers founded in l964. Its light, floral, smoky, grenache and cinsault fruit will find many fans.

2009 La Grille Rosé d’Anjou, Gwénaël Guihard, Loire2009 La Grille Rosé d’Anjou, Gwénaël Guihard, Loire

£6.99 or buy two bottles for £5.99 each*

Don’t be sniffy about luscious, fruity rosé d’Anjou. Served ice-cold, this 11 per cent alcohol version made from grolleau and gamay grapes delivers easy-going, soft, sweet, curranty fruit that goes down well with garlicky charcuterie, coronation chicken et al.

SPAIN

2009 Rioja Muga, Haro2009 Rioja Muga, Haro

£8.99, or buy two for £7.99 each*

Even Rioja has to evolve. Not so long ago I loathed the evil pinks that traditional Rioja produced, but this family-run winery has blended together red garnacha and tempranillo with white viura to create a pretty pale-rose pink ’09 whose fine, dry, spicy, peppery palate is a delight.

2009 Viña Sol Rosé Torres, Catalonia2009 Viña Sol Rosé Torres, Catalonia

£6.49 or buy two bottles for £4.99 each until July 19th

Viña Sol’s latest edition is this juicy, unoaked, fermented-in-stainless-steel rosé, made from garnacha and cariñena grapes. Enjoy its dark rosé colour and simple, rich, sweet, spicy fruit, served cold with coronation chicken or blackened barbecued sausages.

* All prices valid until 30 August 2010 unless otherwise stated

(Please note: due to inconsistent stock across our stores, the Rioja Muga Rosé is currently not available on-line. Please contact your local store for availability in your area. However, it should be back on our website by the bank holiday weekend.)

  • Josh

    Some very unadventurous recommendations here! Although I must admit I do love the Muga rosé. I didn’t realise it was a blended wine. What about a Sancerre rosé? The others suggest here are too cherry for my liking.

  • Josh

    Some interesting choices there, it has to be said. I’ll certainly give them a try next time I’m in your Hagley Road store.