Chateau Bellini Rosé, Coteaux Varois-en-Provence 2021
Even with the grey skies over Colchester this morning hampering my photography, the Château Bellini rosé looks so alluring with its pale, glimmering, rose-gold colour.
With the gentlest of swirls, wonderful aromas of peach and apricot emerge from the glass, further time reveals notes of grapefruit and citrus; it's ripe, fresh and complex yet elegant.
The palate is just delicious, ripe, but not overly sweet, apricot and blood orange are the first to come forth which evolves into a gentle swathe of peach and pear. There's a welcome touch of weight to the palate, with just enough citrus to freshen, whilst retaining a glossy feel with no sharp edges.
To finish you are gifted a hint of wild strawberry with a very delicate touch of spice that relentlessly hangs on the finish, it's exceptionally lengthy, minutes later those beautiful flavours are still present.
This really is an exceptionally fine wine, perfectly balanced, complex and flavourful yet elegant and delicate, quite possibly the finest rosé I have tasted this year.
James Russell-Grant | FromVineyardsDirect
This is an outstanding Rose. Better even than it was marketed.