It must be that rosé time of year again, sunny, long days and evening beach barbies, Cornwall at its best. Although at the moment you may need to search hard for a sheltered spot and be armed with blankets and extra layers, the bottle of something beautifully pink and fresh still won’t go amiss.
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Rose Drinkers & BBQ Lovers
Strand House the Drang, 3 S Quay, Padstow
So off to my favourite cove we go with a cheeky bottle of the Côtes de Provence rosé of choice tucked in our hamper. As designated aperitif provider there was no question as to what I would choose, our Rimauresq Cru Classé Rosé was top of my pre-barbie taster list. A pleasure to pour with its enticing pale salmon-pink colour and its scent reminiscent of Provence fruits and herbs.
Even when huddled under a blanket or two, just a few sips conjured up memories of sitting on a warm, sun-drenched terrace in Castellane, Alpes de Haute Provence sampling the local rosés after a good days work at the Cave de Vin on the square. It was here that I began my journey into the world of wine and had my first and unforgettable taste of pink Rimauresq.
A balanced blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, with a full and complex flavour. Red currants, wild berries and fleshy peach fill the palate with a gentle herbaceousness and a little sweet spice. A dry and elegant rosé, thank you Monsieur Boiron for introducing me to this gem. Happily, I now don’t have to go far to find this wine, with it being a long-standing BinTwo favourite it doesn’t stray from our shelves and at £13.00 a bottle I have room for two in my hamper!
A summer in Alpes de Haute Provence wouldn’t have been complete without a taste or two of wines from the unique Bandol Appellation of Provence. My memory was of interesting rich and ripe brambly reds with savoury and gamey characters. The bottle to accompany my next barbecue certainly matches this hazy recollection. Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol 2011, predominately Mourvedre with Carignan, Cinsault and Grenache softening the edges, is warming and flavourful. A great accompaniment to a herby barbecued steak and the perfect antidote to these fresh June breezes, £19.50 a bottle.