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What to drink: Best rosé for a summer barbecue

Rosé is a great summer wine and works particularly well at a BBQ where it pairs well with the delicate flavours of fish and the more robust smoky meats. Here are nine to order in for your next gathering.

THE EXPERT: Rupert Pritchett at Taurus Wines, Bramley

Puech Haut Rose 2020

The top selling rosé of the year at Taurus Wines by a country mile is the Puech Haut. And it’s not just the gorgeous frosted glass bottle and glass stopper that has people swooning. In the glass it hints at soft summer berries and stone fruit, but there’s an underlying fullness there too. Classy.


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Triennes Rosé 2020

This wine is new and it comes with a very smart pedigree – one of the wine makers is ex Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (one of the world’s most expensive vineyards). Pale pink in colour, it has a bouquet of strawberries and white flowers with hints of vanilla. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a sunny summer afternoon… and it comes in magnums which can be fun for a BBQ.


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Aix En Provence Rose (Magnum) 2020

But if it’s a BIG bottle you’re after for serving at a party – or y’know, just cos you like it (no judgements here!) head straight for this rosé from AIX – their biggest bottle is 6 litres. It’s a sure way to the party started. It comes from the

prestigious Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence region in the gloriously sunny south of France, and it’s like soft, ripe summer fruit in the glass – cranberry, strawberry and raspberry – as well as fresh herbs and a cool, stony minerality.


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THE EXPERT: Nik Darlington at Pip of Manor Farm, Seale

Château Laballe Brume Rosé 2020

Eighth-generation winemaker Cyril Laudet coaxes every last ounce of flavour from his Cabernet Franc and Merlot for this dry, summery rosé that has structure and bite to complement whatever the BBQ throws at it.


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Black Chalk ‘Dancer In Pink’ 2020

The first still rosé from this award-winning Test Valley sparkling wine producer is a triumph, made in a pale and fulsome Provençal style from Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Précoce and Pinot Gris grown on chalk downlands. The Black Chalk team served this to us with a BBQ in their vineyards a few weeks ago and we can assure you it works very well indeed!


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Quinta dos Espinhosos LIV Vinho Verde Rosé 2019

For a rosé with a bit more oomph and structure, look to the new wave styles coming out of the Vinho Verde region of northern Portugal, especially when deploying gutsier grapes like Touriga Nacional and Vinhão. This has a darker hue but is dry, grippy and juicy, brilliant when there’s a lot of smoky meat on the BBQ.


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THE EXPERT: Emily Harris at The Grape Variety, Chipstead and Walton-on-the-Hill

Rose of Virginia, Charles Melton

This rosé has a fragrant Turkish Delight aroma, with a little pepper and spice to add complexity. Balanced acidity, tannins and weight gives a great combination of richness yet crispness. Perfect for summer drinking! 


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Rioja Rosé

Bronze winner of the 2019 Decanter wine awards, this is a modern and aromatic Rioja rosé. It is clean and light, with flavours of ripe strawberry and fruit tart notes on a floral background. Delicious served chilled with grilled fish and seafood. 


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Galets Dorés Rosé

Galets Rosé is a gourmet rosé with a beautiful aromatic complexity. Made of Syrah, Grenache and a touch of Mourvèdre, it offers ripe strawberry and red-current on the nose while the mouth is bold without being heavy – the perfect, chilled, accompaniment to BBQ’d food. 


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