Summer Rosé Wines – Davy’s Recommends

Don’t know which rosé to choose this summer? Take your pick with our quick guide to rosé wine.

Quality rosé is on the rise and has become very popular in the UK. Perfect for summer, it is the ideal accompaniment to an al fresco meal on a long sunny day. While the blush Provence style remains the most popular, a wide range of rosé styles are produced around the world, made with many different grape varieties.

Blush rosé

Côte de Provence is widely loved for its pale colour, soft texture and low tannins. Made with Grenache and Cinsault, the wines are very delicate with high acidity and perfect for sipping in your garden or with a light meal. Saint Sidoine is a brilliant example and there are many other great value wines from the Southern Rhône Valley which are worth a try, like our Balade de Coline.

Serious rosé is also made here, with complex aromas and more structure. Rosé de Château Léoube, Whispering Angel and Domaines Ott are among the best to be found.

Light pink rosé

Pinot Noir and Sangiovese rosés have received lots of attention lately. Slightly darker in colour with strawberry flavours and a refreshing acidity, they give the fashionable rosés of Provence a run for their money. Sancerre from the Loire Valley and our new Te Kano from Central Otago in New Zealand are both fantastic Pinot Noir rosés. Also on the radar, Tuscany’s up and coming wine region Maremma has won our heart with its delicious Montauto Sangiovese.

Dark rosé

Much darker in colour, due to a longer skin contact period, these rosés have more concentrated flavours and can be slightly tannic. They are perceived as light-coloured reds and are a great option for red lovers at summertime; but they can also be enjoyed all year long. Tavel Lunar Apogé from the Rhône Valley is our top choice with red berry fruits and a savoury finish.

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