Rose's Shop Watch-June '15: Rosé Wine
Chateau des Riaux Provencal rosé wine
It transports you straight to the south of France
A glass of this Provencal rosé takes you straight to the Croisette in Cannes, with the sun warm on your face and just a little gentle celebrity spotting to do. It is a very pale pink in colour - the French call it “gris” because it is somewhere between grey and pink - which indicates the best Provencal rosé.
Rosé wines have come a long way since the famous Mateus rosé brand back in the 70’s, and have become hugely popular in the UK. But the market has developed more for strong, heavy dark rosé wines from the new world: Chile, Australia, California and South Africa. Even the European rosé wines, like the Nero d’Avola from Italy, the Rioja rosado from Spain, and the other French rosé wines like the rosé d’Anjou are darker in colour and, for me, they taste more like drinking a chilled red wine rather than a cool soft summer wine. So you have to hunt to find a Provencal rosé.
I have seen one or two in Waitrose like the Domaine de Buganay (£10.99), but I have just found this Chateau des Riaux rosé in my local Tesco amongst the rows of darker rosé wines, which is everything a Provencal rosé should be. So if I can’t be in Cannes this summer, this will take me there.
The perfect summer wine.
Chateau des Riaux (750ml)
£8.99 per bottle
Tesco Wine by the Case
Tel: 0800 323 4080
Tel: 0800 505 555
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Product available at the time the article was written - June 2015.