Thursday 19th August
At the start of the summer we looked at quirky rosés that broke the rules, but now that we are in the dog days of high summer we need those blushful wines of Provence and the Mediterranean that are made for pure pleasure and languid relaxation. We start with Rimauresq, a benchmark estate for Cotes de Provence, and a cru classé no less. With its gentle hint of cantaloupe melon and its fine dry finish, this is textbook summer drinking. Then we move inland to Vacqueyras in the southern Rhone for a more robust, spicy style of rosé that has something of the warmth of the dry hillsides where the vines are grown. Finally we break out of Provence for a fresh, salty rosé from Roussillon that makes us crave the glorious seafood of the vermillion coast. Linen jackets and straw hats at the ready for a celebration of summer's simple pleasures.
Scroll down to see the wines included in this tasting pack.