Stop and Smell the Rosés
Summer’s well underway here in the UK, and with all these long sunny evenings to fill, what better time to stop and smell Amathus’ eclectic and exciting selection of rosés…
Pur Azur, Côtes de Provence Rosé 75cl
An enticing style of rosé made with talent and skill, this dry Provençal wine is bursting with notes of grapefruit, apricot and wild strawberries.
Vigneron Florian Matthieu crafts this wine from top quality Grenache and Cinsault grown on the Plaine des Maures, a nature reserve close to the Riviera coast.
The local sea breeze cuts through the creamy fruit in this wine, making a really refreshing rosé for all occasions.
Château de Chausse, Côtes de Provence Rosé 75cl
This beautiful estate is nestled in the hills close to St-Tropez, where it produces an array of top-quality organic wines.
Widely regarded as a rising star of the region, their Cinsault-led rose is filled with elegant aromas of white peach and nectarine, along with a layer of crisp minerality.
A delicate and aromatic wine, perfect as an early-evening aperitif or throughout the meal.
Chateau de Manissy Tavel Rosé 75cl
Château de Manissy are a superb biodynamic winery located in the Southern Rhône Valley of France, just next door to the world famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Tavel rosé is one of the classic wines of France, crafted in a slightly fuller yet dry style, making for a fantastically food-friendly wine, completely at home with barbeques and other full-flavoured dishes.
This outstanding bottle, recently recommended in The Times, is bursting with refreshing, crisp notes of watermelon and raspberry, with hints of wild herbs.
Nature de Roubié, Pays D’Oc Rosé 75cl
Picpoul de Pinet is usually known for its white, but the region also makes some outstanding rosé. Floriane and Olivier Azan have been making wines at Château de Roubié since 1981, and became fully organic in 1995.
Don’t be fooled by its salmon-pink colour, this Grenache and Syrah blend has more than enough red berry and nectarine notes to stand up to a midday meal.
While the tangy, vibrant finish means this moreish wine is just as enjoyable on its own.
Ochoa, Rosado de Lágrima, Navarra 75cl
Rosé doesn’t just come from France! The Ochoa family are the leading producer of the Spanish region of Navarra and continue to use a traditional method of rosé-making called ‘sangrado’.
Garnacha (Grenache), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes are crushed to release tears (‘lagrima’) of juice, which is kept in contact with the grape skins to develop colour and flavour.
A portion is then ‘bled off’ to create a flavoursome crisp, refreshing Spanish ‘Rosado’ full of fresh strawberries and redcurrants.
Markou Vineyards Euphoria Nemea 75cl
Even further afield, the Markou family have been growing grapes on the Greek Peloponnese since 1928 - though the current winemaker, the hugely talented Vasilis Markou, is dedicated to creating exciting wines in a fresh, modern style.
Euphoria is made from 20-year-old vines of Agiorgitiko, a popular indigenous red grape variety, giving intense yet refined notes of wild strawberries and white flowers, and a spicy, dry finish.
This brilliant wine is one of the top 3 rosés of Greece!