Looking at the world through rosé-tinted glasses

« Despite continuing to live in our new normal, the summer is coming and there is another bank holiday on the horizon. » Alistair Gibson continues, « Wisps of barbecue smoke can now be seen rising over garden fences and the new vintage of Provence rosé has arrived on the wine shelves, so maybe we can allow ourselves to briefly look through rosé-tinted glasses? »

The Portsmouth News

An equally well known Provence rosé producer is Mirabeau, established by English couple Stephen and Jeany Cronk at a similar time to AIX. Their 2019 range has also been released and I’ve so far tasted the lovely Mirabeau Pure 2019, Côtes de Provence (£10.99 on offer from £14.99 until June 2 – also available at Ocado and Majestic).

It’s a blend of 60 per cent grenache and 40 per cent syrah and the nose has notes of citrus, ripe peach, pink grapefruit and orange peel. The palate is quite juicy with summer berries and zesty citrus acidity leading to a mouthwatering finish.

This would work really well with some sushi, or a classic Provence tomato tart with olive tapenade, accompanied by a big dollop of sunshine.

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