Tour de Belfort rosé from 2001 is a blend of Merlot and Syrah from a new, family-run vineyard in the Regional Park of Causses de Quercy near Cahors in south west France.
It also features the domaine's new-style label, which is rather classier than the previous one.
Made completely organically without any herbicides or pesticides, it is the colour of Guadeloupe melon flesh in the glass.
On the nose, there is watermelon and a touch of bubblegum, underpinned by leesiness; the palate is long with mouthwateringly juicy red berries, watermelon, a mouthfilling, rounded fruit acidity and a toasty, leesy savouriness.
Overall, it feels balanced with a good depth of flavour, whilst the finish is savoury and persistent with just a hint of grip and some warming spice.
Food-friendly and sealed under screwcap, it would make a very classy picnic wine - now we just need the weather to go with it.
£10 from www.tour-de-belfort.com; provided for review.
Tour de Belfort - www.tour-de-belfort.com