While Provence is the acknowledged world rosé stronghold, I do know of a few incredible wines from further afield. Last year I drew your attention to the inaugural vintage of Martin Krajewski’s stellar L’Exuberance – the first rosé made from a Saint-Emilion property. It sold out in the blink of an eye and I am certain that you will have savoured every drop… The 2016 vintage… is even finer than the ’15… it has length and finesse rarely seen in cosmic rosé. The fruit is crystalline and the acidity is high tensile and throughout the experience the incredible and unforgettable Merlot scent pervades your senses. Matthew Jukes (UK).
Rosé of effortless class: fun, accessible and dangerously drinkable, yet also a serious wine with texture and savoury nuance. Hamish Anderson, The Telegraph Magazine (UK, 6/2017).
From Saint-Emilion, better known for its reds, L’Exuberance is a delicate rose petal pink in the glass. With white stone fruit, succulent wild red berries, caramel and cream notes, each sip feels silky and elegant. Well structured, with a hint of smoky spice and balanced acidity, it works well with food or thirstily quaffed by itself as a sundowner. Lovely wine. Nuria Stylianou, Evening Standard (London, UK).
The nose is fresh, light and smoky with a mix of red fruits, the start of the palate has raspberries and wild strawberries. Sweeter in the middle with rich red cherry and a hint of mulberry and the finish is light and fresh with green pepper spice. 90 points, Derek Smedley MW (UK).
Light rose petal pink, charming red summer fruits on the nose dominated by wild strawberries, clear and fresh on the palate and just the right depth of acidity to refresh the palate for a second glass and quite enough flavour to go with a meal. 16.75/20 points, Steven Spurrier.
A raspberry chiselled from a diamond, this is a benchmark for spring. Olly Smith, ollysmith.com/wine (UK).
Light pink. Fresh strawberry, cherry, nectarine aromas with touch of herb. Sweet strawberry, cherry and nectarine flavours, fine chalky textures and long fresh acidity. Lovely classic rosé made in a highly contemporary style with refreshing minerality and mouth quenching finish. Delicious wine. 94 points, Langton’s.
Pale gleaming pink. Prettily scented with red fruit and an attractively dusty peachy character. Bone dry but moreishly juicy. Everything you want from a rosé – plenty of fruit, mouthwatering freshness and a very slight tannic grip that suggests it would be good at the table as well as on the terrace. Deliciously harmonious. 16.5/20 points, jancisrobinson.com