The rules of rosé: Our summer selection

Thanks to its trendy colour and recent re-brand as a day drinking staple, rosé has had somewhat of a rise in popularity in recent years. It might now be the go-to summertime drink for social media influencers, but it’s actually one of the oldest types of wines ever produced.

Rosé is made using red wine grapes and is produced using a similar method to red wine. The subtle difference between the two lies in the reduced fermenting time of the grape skins. The limited skin contact gives rosé a light pink hue and a much lighter flavour than red wine.

Whether it’s a pink-hued bottle from South Africa or France, make the most of the warmer weather with a nice chilled glass of rosé.

Our ‘master of wine’ and sommelier, Mario, shares his top three picks for the summer – all available at The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas.

Roubertas Comte de Provence

Roubertas Comte de Provence

La Vidaubanaise, Provence, France 2018

“A light, bright and refreshing rose. Ideal for for the fantastic weather we’re having.

“A taste driven by fresh raspberries and cranberries with floral and clean mineral notes makes this rose a mouthwatering wine. 

“Perfect paring with dishes like crab, tomato bruschetta and grilled asparagus.”

£7.75 by the glass, or £32 by the bottle.

Domaine de la Semellerie

Domaine de la Semellerie

Touraine, Loire valley, France 2018

“A rosé from Chinon in the Loire Valley, this 100% Cabernet Franc [one of the major black grape varieties worldwide] has more intensity in colour and body with flavours of strawberry and a hint of pepper spices.

“It’s a bit bigger in the mouth than the Comte de Provence with more presence of tannins, but still a moreish and refreshing wine.

“It’s perfect for paring with seafood such as oysters and some delicious octopus.”

£9.50 by the glass, or £38.50 by the bottle.

Château Sainte Marguerite

Château Sainte Marguerite ‘Symphonie’

Provence, France 2017

“A fantastic organic rosé wine from one of the only 18 states that has the status of ‘cru-classé’ [a vineyard or group of vineyards, especially one of recognised quality] in Provence.

“Like the name suggests, this wine is a ‘symphony’ of aromas and flavour profiles. It has an amazing complexity, going from notes of black fruit and red fruits to peaches, flowers and delicate exotic flavours, such as passion fruit.

“A phenomenal and well balanced rosé to enjoy with dishes like our marinated tuna, crab and goats cheese pannacotta.”

Bottle price £61 (bottle only).

Appreciate your rosé

Mario adds:

“And remember, always smell the wine before sipping. Your nose will pick up all of the aroma of your favourite fruits in the glass, and it will work together with your mouth by giving body, acidity and sweetness to the aroma, helping you find your own favourite glass of wine.

“Here in The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas we think wine is smarter than us and will always stay one glass ahead of our curiosity. Therefore, to understand it, our job is to drink it.”

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