« Rosé is wine’s answer to belly-button fluff – baffling in origin, purposeless in deployment. » I’ve heard such criticism a million times from rosé-bashers. More often than not, these are the same blokes who see no irony in swilling expensive vintage rosé champagne by the bucket. In fact, rosé is a category of wine that warrants considered reappraisal. With prices reasonable and quality steady, these bottles are not simply thirst-fodder, some are so perfect they almost deserve worship.
Thanks to its sunny climate, the south of France is home to plenty of decent rosé that will blow your mind without blowing the budget. You’ll find wines of fabulous finesse from the Côtes de Provence, where the tradition of pale, delicate rosé is well established, with supermarket own labels offering decent value alongside names such as Minuty, Miraval and Mirabeau. These are sublime to sip alongside dishes drenched in garlic, shellfish or fresh salads.
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