By Karen Higginson, Manager, Majestic Cheltenham
This week, after much deliberating, we opened up our brand new Provencal rosé – Côtes de Provence, Sainte Victoire 2010. And what a success it has been. The sunshine seems to bring out the smiles in everyone, and what better way to relax and soak up the late afternoon and early evening rays then with a glass of something pink.
You will know from our range how vast the rosé section is, a huge change from when I first started in the company! Rosé is a massively growing category in the UK, it appears we do secretly (or not so secretly) love it. And gone are the days when Mateus rosé was the only dominant wine in this category.
Styles of rosé can vary a lot nowadays, and below I’ll try and sum up a few of the key wines you’ll find in our range.
The lightest rosés, (apart from the Pinot Grigio’s) generally hail from Provence in southeastern France and are a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Quality from these wines is very consistent and you should find they display lots of soft summer fruit on both nose and palate. Very approachable when drinking on their own, but equally good with some simple summer salads.
Moving up a notch in body you have the Pinot Noir based rosés. Both from the old world and new these wines have the lovely fresh red fruit flavours so characteristic of Pinot. For the lighter version go for something along the lines of Domaine Begude, an estate you’ll find nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. For something with slightly riper and more pronounced red fruits how about the Chilean Costero rosé. This is grown in the cooler climate region of Leyda where the Pacific plays a big part in keeping the temperature down. Pinot Noir is proving a big success here!
Costero Pinot Noir Rosé 2009 Viña Leyda
Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.49*
Now for something a bit fuller…Spanish rosé.
We have Spain on promotion at the moment (until 2nd May 2011) and both the CVNE Rosado and Muga Rosado are on offer. These two Rioja rosés have a hint of spice to the same red fruit flavours and pair really well with light summer dishes, simple chicken recipes or tapas!
Rioja Rosado 2009 CVNE
Buy any 2 still Spanish wines between £5 and £20 save 20% = £5.99*
Rioja Rosado 2010 Muga
Special Offer! = £9.36
Buy any 2 still Spanish wines between £5 and £20 save 20% = £7.49*
We think there is a style that suits everyone, you just need to try them to find out where your preferences sit. And don’t worry, while the sun is shining we will have rosé open to try on the tasting counter!
*Prices valid until 2nd May 2011