Top 100 rosé from Sud de France
Provence is the classic home of rosé - the style I most associate with the area is soft and gently fleshy. Master of Wine, and author of Rosé: Understanding the pink wine revolution Elizabeth Gabay notes that this style is essentially that of an entry-level négociant rosé, made from a blend across the region.
The Montrose, she notes, aims to be Provençale in style and is more like the
terroir-driven wines of La Londe or Pierrefeu.
At under a tenner, it represents good value for the quality; a blend of Grenache noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, it is very well made with plenty of southern French substance and characterful mineral linearity.
Domaine Montrose, 2017, Côtes de Thongue (Justerini & Brooks, £8-£9.99) red berries and soft red fruits, with a mineral freshness; textured, elegant and characterful.
Good and Good Value.
Works equally well as a garden sipper during the heatwave as with picnic foods and even spiced dishes.