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Bertani Bertarose Igt Veneto 2017 (1x75cl)

Bertarose is a historic Bertani wine produced since the 1930s; today it has been given a modern makeover in order to bring out the fresh and pleasant features much sought after in a rosé. The excellent microclimate in the inland hills of Lake Garda, combined with an expert use of the variety and rigorous care in the vineyard, enables Bertani to produces this fresh and well-balanced rosé.

The grapes for this wine are grown in hillside vineyards above Lake Garda, on calcareous-clay soils.

The harvest is done at the end of September. The two varieties are vinified separately, using an innovative on-the-skins fermentation for the Molinara and off-the skins fermentation for the Merlot. Once fermentation is finished, the two wines are blended and then aged in stainless steel tanks for about three months on the lees at the end of fermentation.

This wine has a lychee-pink colour. There are fresh aromas of pomegranate and redcurrants with notes of white flowers. It is decisive on the palate, with good body and good balance between acidity and tanginess. It has excellent length. Perfect as an aperitif, it also goes well with salads, delicate-flavoured pasta dishes and white meat.

£10.80

Bollinger Rose NV (1 x 75cl)

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"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty." Madame Lily Bollinger.

A wonderful rose that is generous, rich, filled with red berry flavors while still having the core backbone of minerality and tension. A beautiful rose with a lingering finish.” 

94/100 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, November 2016, of the Bollinger Rosé NV

Champagne Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and to this day is still family owned.  Benefitting from ownership of 166 hectares of vineyards in the finest Premier and Grand Champagne Bollinger wines are defined as much by the vines the grapes come from, as by the blending process, or the House’s century old barrels in which the wines mature.

The essence of the wines comes from the 166 hectares of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards owned by the House in Avenay, Champvoisy, Cuis, Louvois, Tauxières and Verzenay, as well as the stellar Pinot Noir site La Côte Aux Enfants in the heart of Aÿ. Bollinger’s untamed beauty reflects the spirit of our time, when people seek luxury without artifice. This natural splendour can be observed from above the Avenay vineyard, where bees from the Bollinger hives pollinate an abundance of wild flowers which grow between the vines. This embrace of nature is fundamental to the Bollinger approach of respecting the environment, which has seen it be the first Champagne House awarded the Haute Valeur Environmentale certification. More than this, sustainable viticulture is a true commitment for the House, for fine Champagne is the product of a fine landscape.

At Bollinger, the brick walls, exposed wood floors, aged casks and rustic charm convey the beauty and tradition of a Champagne family, who have spent 190 years perfecting their secret of discreet luxury, the key to which lies in the quality and the detail of their wines. The natural, unassuming charm of the House continues with Cellar Master Gilles Descôtes, the grandson of a Champagne grower who has been amongst the vines from an early age. He is custodian of the five labyrinthine kilometres of cellars that run under Aÿ, permeated by the scent of fermented fruit, old wood and earth. These house the treasured Bollinger wines, including a matchless collection of over 700,000 magnums of reserve wines.

For an excellent full fiche technique for the Bollinger Rosé, please click the blue link below.

Bollinger Rosé NV - fiche technique

Bronze tones. On the nose, hints of red currant, cherry and wild strawberry along with a spicy touch, not unlike Special Cuvée. The palate has good structure, length, depth and vivacity, with a tannic finish due to the addition of red wine. A velvety mousse and lingering flavours of wild berries.

£38.95

Castano Monastrell Rosado, Yecla 2018 (1x75cl)

The Castaño family owns over 410 hectares of vineyards in the Yecla DO in south-eastern Spain. 80% of these vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell variety. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude and transformed into robustly modern wines. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in the region.

The Castaño Monastrell Rosado is grown in the Castaño family vineyards, situated in the north of Yecla located at an altitude of 750m above sea level. The vineyards are dry-farmed and the vines are grown on poor, limestone soil. The roots of the vines therefore grow deep into the earth in search for precious minerals and nutrients, which in turn helps to ensure healthy, ripe, flavoursome grapes. The Monastrell vineyards are over 50 years old, while the Syrah vines are slightly younger, averaging around 15 years.

The wine is made 100% from Monastrell. Grapes undergo a direct pressing without maceration on the skins. Fermentation takes place at 16C in stainless steel and undergoes cold stabilisation before bottling.

This Monastrell Rosado offers fresh, red fruits on the nose. On the palate, it is soft and fruity, with prominent cherry and strawberry flavours, vibrant acidity and a long, lifted finish.

£9.10

Chateau Gassier Le Pas Du Moine Rose 2017 (1 x 75cl)

The 2015 Vintage was awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition's "Weekday Wines" (wines under £25) (see blue link below). 

Chateau Gassier PdM 2015 - Nov 2016 Decanter review

Château Gassier is situated 25 Kms from the ancient town of Aix en Provence, at the foot of Sainte Victoire mountain. The Gassier family bought Château Gassier and its 40 hectares of vines in 1982. Today the vineyard is managed by Georges Gassier, who represents the fifth winegrowing generation of the family, working with the support from his father. It is only over time that passion, hard work and know-how combined, have helped Château Gassier to develop its exceptional potential for excellence. The Pas du Moine is named as a reference to the footpath furrowing the south facing slope of the Mount Sainte-Victoire. The cuvée Le Pas du Moine invites you to explore the richness of this magnificient Sainte-Victoire terroir. From the 2016 vintage, the wine has been certified organic.

Their 40 hectares of vineyard is composed of the following grape varieties: 30% Grenache noir, 30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 5% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 2% Rolle et 3% Ugni blanc. The Estate's wines have been officially certified organic wines since 2016. The majority of the wines have the Côtes-de-Provence Sainte-Victoire protected designation which allow a maximal production of 50 hectolitres/ha.

Night harvesting of the grapes is followed by cold direct pressing, fermentation at low temperature: 14°C and then 18°C at the end of the fermentation.

This wine has a lychee colour with purple reflections. It has an intense nose, playing with white floral and exotic fruits notes. In the mouth, the first impression is fresh and round, supported by the citrus fruits delicacy (guava, grapefruit….). It has a great lingering finish.

£16.45

Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition reviews of (both) their Top 30 Rosés and Celebrity Vintners (see blue links below)

Miraval Rose 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review Roses

Miraval Rose 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review Celebrities

Château Miraval is located in the Provence village of Correns, the first 100% organic village in France. All of the crops, including grapes, are grown organically in this wild and picturesque village. Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. The clay and chalk soils at Miraval are also important for quality, because they help regulate water supply to the vines so they have water when they need it and drainage when they don't. At harvest, the grapes are hand picked in the coolness of the morning and hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes go into making the rosé.

Château Miraval has 50 hectares of grapes grown on the estate. The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from the Château's three best parcels - Muriers, Longue and Romarin. The remainder is sourced from within the Correns region, just north of Brignoles in the heart of Provence. The terraced vineyards are at 350 metres altitude, resulting in cool nights that moderate the warm days which in turn help the grapes retain their delicate aromas and crisp acidity. The clay and chalk soils at Miraval are also important for quality because they help regulate water supply to the vines so they have water when they need it and drainage when they don't.

Grapes were harvested by hand in the cool, early hours of the morning and hand sorted twice to ensure that only the best grapes made it into the rosé. The Cinsault, Grenache and Rolle parcels were gently pressed to extract just the right amount of colour, while the Syrah was made using the saignée method. The wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks separately and then blended post fermentation. Additionally, the Rolle was put into 228 litre barrels, with occasional battonage to add texture and complexity.

40% Grenache,  30% Cinsault,  20% Rolle (Vermentino), 10% Shiraz.

Beautiful, pale, petal-pink colour, elegant with bright nuances. A beautiful aromatic expression with aromas of fresh fruit and spring flowers, refreshing acidity, with great minerality and a saline finish.

£18.20

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Cuvee Symphonie Cru Classe 2018 (1x75cl)

When Brigitte and Jean-Pierre Fayard first discovered Château Sainte Marguerite in 1977 it was love at first sight, and the beginning of an ambitious venture which was to inspire the whole family. Over the years the children, together with their spouses, became part of the project, each of them contributing their various skills across all the estate’s activities: viticulture, oenology, design, commerce…. A dynamic and close knit unit, the Fayard family is driven by enthusiasm, a sense of rigor, perseverance, and animated by a permanent quest for excellence.

Recognised since 1955, Château Sainte Marguerite is one of only 18 prestigious wine estates that have been awarded the status of Cru Classé of Provence. With their concern for the environment, the Fayard family are precursors in the field and have practiced 100% organic farming since 2003, certified by ECOCERT. Going a step further than organic agriculture, Château Sainte Marguerite’s production is 100% vegan, with no use of animal products or derivatives.

The Fayard family describe the Symphonie wines as "the fruit of a permanent quest for excellence and the skilful command of an exceptional terroir." This wine offers a good example of the best of Provence in an exceptional bottle of stunning design. Subtle and harmonious, it offers a gustative symphony that will render sublime your moments of pleasure and gastronomy.

It was made using Grenache 70%, Cinsault 30%.

This wine is floral and delicate with aromas of white flowers and passion fruit. Symphonie Rosé is a great wine for matching with food and is at its best when served with fine cuisine and high quality produce. Enjoy with truffle and scallop risotto, seafood, sushi and Thai dishes.

£19.65

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Rose Grande Reserve 2018 (1x75cl)

When Brigitte and Jean-Pierre Fayard first discovered Château Sainte Marguerite in 1977 it was love at first sight, and the beginning of an ambitious venture which was to inspire the whole family. Over the years the children, together with their spouses, became part of the project, each of them contributing their various skills across all the estate’s activities: viticulture, oenology, design, commerce…. A dynamic and close knit unit, the Fayard family is driven by enthusiasm, a sense of rigor, perseverance, and animated by a permanent quest for excellence.

Recognised since 1955, Château Sainte Marguerite is one of only 18 prestigious wine estates that have been awarded the status of Cru Classé of Provence. With their concern for the environment, the Fayard family are precursors in the field and have practiced 100% organic farming since 2003, certified by ECOCERT. Going a step further than organic agriculture, Château Sainte Marguerite’s production is 100% vegan, with no use of animal products or derivatives.

This wine was made using Mourvedre 34%, Grenache 33%, Cinsault 33%.

This rosé is a fruity delight and offers you the opportunity to discover the pleasure of Côtes de Provence rosé. Refined and aromatic, this wine is perfect as an aperitif and for sharing at table with friends. Rosé Grande Réserve has aromas of fresh fruit with floral nuances. This wine's authentic aromas and flavours truly illustrate the benefits of organic agriculture. Fresh and fruity, it goes well with Mediterranean cuisine, meats or grilled fish.

£16.60

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rose Les Baronnes 2017 (1x75cl)

For 10 generations, the Bourgeois family have devoted their passion and values to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir to craft wines of unique expression. Each member of the family, Jean-Marie Bourgeois, Arnaud, Lionel & Jean-Christophe, bring their wine knowledge and expertise to the estate. The vineyard is situated at the village of Chavignol, on the greatest terroirs of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where they work on a mosaic of many vine plots. Each plot is isolated and worked in respect of its origin to reveal, in the most precise and true way, the expression of its terroir - either Kimmerigdian marls, Flint or Limestone Clay soils. 

This wine is 100% Pinot Noir.

To see an excellent and informative technical / tasting sheet for this wine from the winemaker, please click on the blue link below.

Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Rose 'Les Baronnes' - fiche technique

£18.70

Domaine Joel Delaunay Les Cabotines Touraine Rose 2018 (1x 75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition panel tasting of non-Provencale French rosé (see blue link below).

Domaine Joel Delaunay 2017 - August 2018 Decanter review

Domaine Joël Delaunay is a family-owned estate, located in the Touraine AOC. Today, fifth generation owner Thierry Delaunay runs the domaine. Like his forward-thinking father, Joël Delaunay, who insisted on estate bottling in 1970, Thierry was the first Touraine producer to bottle under screwcap in 2004. Domaine Joël Delaunay has 34 hectares of vineyards, practicing sustainable viticulture. 90% of their production is white, with Sauvignon Blanc being the predominant grape variety, and 10% is red, mostly Gamay and Cabernet Franc.

Domaine Joël Delaunay is situated on the bank of the Cher Valley, 50 kilometres east of Tours near the famous Château de Chenonceau. The soil is clay and silex (a mixture of flint and sand) and the pruning method is simple Guyot. The vineyards are planted with grass between the vines to control yields.

The grapes were pressed in a pneumatic press with careful selection of the resulting juices to control the colour. Alcoholic fermentation took place over 20 days at a temperature of 14°C. After fermentation, the wine was aged on its fine lees prior to cross flow filtration and bottling.

70% Gamay, 30% Pineau d'Aunis.

This wine is pale salmon-pink in colour. The nose opens with attractive scents of red berries and floral notes. The same fruit recurs on the palate, enhanced by a touch of pepper. The palate is lively and tense with a silky texture. A vibrant, enjoyable rosé.

£10.85

Domaine La Suffrene Bandol Rose Tradition 2018 (1x 75cl)

Awarded a Platinum & Best in Show medal and 97 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

When Cédric Gravier took over the family operation in 1996, the production - which until then had been sent to the winemaking cooperative - received a new lease of life with the addition of a producing cellar. The domaine extends over 60 hectares of the Bandol AOC and includes a number of varied plots, located for the most part in the villages of La Cadière and le Castellet.

This wine (a blend of 40% Mourvèdre, 30% Cinsault, 20% Grenache 20%, 10% Carignan) hails from from a terroir of calcareous clay, typical of Bandol, its quality partially explained by the low yield of just 40 hl/ha.

Harvested during the month of September, in line with the ripeness of each variety. The grapes were selected depending on their condition and underwent skin contact (maceration pelliculaire) at a low temperature before being pressed. The juice, after settling, was placed in a stainless steel vat for a period of 15 days between 18°C and 20°C before racking. The juice was fined in early November then re-racked and assembled in January. The final assemblage is stocked in concrete vats until bottling after filtration from March to July.

This is a Bandol rose of both freshness and subtlety. It has a a clear and shiny robe (salmon-coloured), a delicate nose of candied citrus fruit and spices and a surprisingly full-bodied, balanced and fresh impact on the palate.

£18.05

El Coto Rioja Rosado 2018 (1x75cl)

El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker César Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350 kg crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes.

This wine is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for the El Coto Rosado, please click on the blue link below.

El Coto Rioja Rosado - fiche technique

£9.30

Gerard Bertrand Chateau La Sauvageonne La Villa Coteaux du Languedoc 2017 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition panel tasting of non-Provencale French rosé (see blue link below).

Gerard Bertrand Chateau La Sauvageonne La Villa Coteaux Du Languedoc 2016 - August 2018 Decanter review

Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. A biodynamic pioneer, he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year, Gérard has been cited as the “King of the Languedoc” among critics. Acquired in November 2011, Château la Sauvageonne is located northwest of Montpellier. With a long winemaking history, this Château is a legendary site. The combination of its orientation, its situation on the Larzac terraces at 300 meters altitude and the exceptional volcanic terroir, produces stunning wines of unique character.

The estate is located to the north-west of Montpellier, situated on the terraces of Causse du Larzac at between 150 and 350 metres of altitude. The vineyard's orientation, combined with its exceptional terroir give it a unique character. The soil consists of stones derived from sandstone or schist for the first 30 centimetres and then a layer of clay. Specifically the soil is made up of “Ruffes” which is a thin, filtering soil rich in minerals , such as bauxite, iron, aluminium and uranium; and sandstone with shale, which is deeper and broken up, allowing the creation of a water reserve. The landscape is moulded by the region’s volcanic past. The area is influenced by wide temperature ranges, with warm, sunny days and cooler, fresh summer nights brought about by breezes from the sea and the proximity to the Causse plateaus. These diurnal temperature differences are beneficial and encourage a slow, progressive ripening of the berries.

The grapes were hand picked between sunrise and 10am, in order to retain the freshness in the berries. The Grenache and Mourvèdre came from plots of old vines on the hill sides, which produce small berries with low yields. The Vermentino and Viognier are cultivated on the schist hill sides. The Grenache was co-fermented with the Vermentino and the Viognier. Full bunches of grapes were immediately pressed and only the free run juice and the juice from the first press were used to produce this cuvée. After a cold setting, the fermentation began in vats, followed by a partial fermentation in oak.

The bouquet offers up notes of crushed strawberries, sweet spice and floral notes of violet and hawthorne. Powerful and generous, with a velvety texture and a revitalising freshness. This wine is built on tension and stamped with a brilliant salinity. Delicious served with delicate fish dishes, poultry in a cream sauce or a selection of fresh cheese.

£44.45

Ken Forrester Petit Rose 2018 (1x75cl)

Click here for a (very) short video on - and tasting note for - the Petit Rosé from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

The grapes for this rosé are from vineyards dedicated to rosé, the fruit is hand harvested as if to produce a white wine with high natural acidity, hence no added acid in the cellar. The grapes are crushed and pressed, leaving the skins soaking for an hour or two. This infuses the delicate copper salmon colour unique for Grenache and a cold fermentation in stainless tanks ensures an elegant wine.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Ken.

Ken Forrester Petit Rosé 2018 - fiche technique

This very elegant rosé overwhelms the nose with aromas of freshly picked strawberries, rose petal and cherry flavours.  It follows through on the palate with delicious ripe raspberries with a delicate finish.

£9.80

LaLomba Rosado, Ramon Bilbao 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Spanish Value Wines (under £20); (see blue link below) (NB: Decanter are showing the wrong bottle - the standard RB Rosado - in this review).

Ramon Bilbao LaLomba Rosado 2016 - March 2018 Decanter review

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of their Top 30 Rosés (see blue link below)

Ramon Bilbao LaLomba Rosado 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

The growth cycle of the 2016 vintage was characterised by a delay of 15 days in comparison to a typical year. After a very cold end to the winter, spring saw the arrival of abundant showers. Summer was very dry especially towards the end of the vineyard's cycle. The quality of fruit produced in 2016 was very good.

The grapes were harvested manually into small 15kg crates which were refrigerated and taken to the winery where they remained in cool conditions for a further 24 hours. They then passed to the optical sorting table where only the best loose, whole, healthy grapes were selected. After gentle maceration and racking, the must is transferred to concrete eggs to settle before fermentation. The fermentation occurs over 20 days and is done at temperatures below 15°Cto conserve the wine's more delicate aromas.  After fermentation the wine is left on its fine lees for around a month before bottling.

LaLomba Rosado has a pale peach colour which is both clear and bright. The aromas are complex with medium intensity with notes of fresh red fruits, apricot, lychee and citrus. There is also a hint of orange blossom and some delicate herbal notes. The palate is perfectly balanced and it recalls the fruity character foiund on the nose.  This wine is ready to drink but can be laid down if necessary.

This is a great aperitif but also goes well with salmon, sushi and mussels.

£18.15

Las Fincas Rosado, Chivite Family Estates 2017 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition's 'Weekday Wines'  (see blue link below).

Las Fincas Rosado, Chivite Family Estates 2017 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of their Top 30 Rosés (see blue links below)

Las Fincas Rosado, Chivite Family Estates 2015 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

Las Fincas is the product of a long friendship between Julián Chivite and the Arzak family and their shared passion for rosé wines. The grapes come from vineyards in northern Navarra, which are influenced by Atlantic and Continental climates.

"We began to conceptualize our perfect rosé, that wine we would always want to drink, and from there Chivite Las Fincas was conceived. Our Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes are grown on the Finca de Legardeta, land that has belonged to my family for years, where the Atlantic-continental climate and soil have always contributed to the exceptional characteristics of all of our wines." Julian Chivite

The careful winemaking process is based around the traditional bleeding method, or saignée, which takes place after a brief maceration period allowing for the extraction of aromas, thus preserving the characteristic refinement of this wine. Low-temperature fermentation takes place over approximately 21 days in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is aged on its lees.

The Las Fincas Rosado is pale pink with intense fruity aromas – white stone fruit, pomegranate, fresh cherry, raspberry – with a delicate floral finish. The palate is smooth, balanced, unctuous, and lively, with a character and persistence that are surprising given the wine’s delicate appearance.

An excellent match for rice dishes, barbecue, white meats, seafood, and salads.

£15.45
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