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Friday, 3 August 2018

Domaine Montrose 2017 - Top 100

A 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.

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