Pale and interesting or ripe and rosy?

Pour a cool glass of the pink stuff this summer!

Introduction

The long days of summer are traditionally the time to pour a cool glass of Rosé. With all the styles and shades on offer, there is a wine to suit everyone! Here is a selection of six tempting tipples:

Joseph Mellot Châteaumeillant Rosé 2014, RRP £18.75

95% Gamay, 5% Pinot Noir
This wine is a lovely pale salmon colour characteristic of the Châteaumeillant AOC (designated an AOC in 2010). It has delicate floral and red fruit notes with a long, refreshing finish.

Stockists: Taylors Fine Wine, North and South, Islington Wine

Jean Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Rosé 2014, RRP £11.05

40% Syrah, 40% Cinsault, 20% Mourvèdre
A light rosé with subtle red fruit characters and aromas reminiscent of the Mediterranean garrigue (scrubland). On the palate there are notes of black olives, herbs and fresh fruit. This is the beautiful ‘blue coast’ in a glass!

Stockists: R and I Neish Ltd, Whole Foods Market Camden, Luvians Bottleshop, Les Caves du Patron, Milford Wine Centre, The Whalley Wine Shop, Campbell Moore Ltd, Stop & Save (TW) Ltd, The Leamington Wine Company, Beer Brothers, The Clifton Cellars, The Drinkshop.com, The Halifax Wine Company, Kingsgate Wines, Refreshers, Corbridge Wines and Spirits, Ellies Cellar, Lindley Fine Wine

Vina Real Rosado 2014, RRP £11.60

85% Viura, 15% Tempranillo
A pretty coral colour, this wine is light, fresh and pleasingly crisp with aromas and flavours of ripe red fruits and floral notes.

Stockists: The Halifax Wine Company, The Whalley Wine Shop, Islington Wine

AMG Notes: A delicate rosé with subtle hints of soft fruit and flowers, it would pair well with seafood or lightly grilled white fish.

Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2014, RRP £10.25

50% Pinot Gris, 50% Malbec
Fresh and full flavoured with notes of lime-blossom, strawberry and guava, this wine has a generous mouthfeel and a long, fresh finish.

Stockists: Tesco Stores Ltd, Majestic Wine Warehouse, Ann et Vin, Nailsworth Wine & Spirits, The New Zealand House of Wine, Bin 21 Limited, Islington Wine, The Strand Wine Company, Wine Rack. Village Wines (Amersham), The Devine Wine Company (Kent) Ltd, Hailsham Cellars, Liquorbins

Esk Valley Rosé 2014, RRP £12.15

70% Merlot, 30% Malbec

Aromas of strawberry and red fruits predominate while a hint of spice, from the inclusion of Malbec, adds complexity. Deliciously full bodied with excellent acidity and freshness.

Stockists: Woodwinters Wines & Whiskies Ltd, The New Zealand House of Wine, The Drinkshop.com Ltd, The Devine Wine Company (Kent) Ltd

Cleefs Classic Collection Rosé 2014, RRP £8.90

This dry, elegant Rosé is a pale salmon colour. Full of inviting cherry fruit, it is crisp and dry with a clean, creamy palate.

Stockists: Hot Corks Ltd, Beer Brothers, Nelson Wines, SA Wines Online, Sandhams Wine Merchants, Islington Wine

AMG Notes: A lovely, luscious wine, ideal as an aperitif or for drinking with smoked salmon sandwiches during afternoon tea.

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