The Rosé Mixed Case
This mixed case includes two bottles each of the wines below;
Horizon Rosé, Famille Negrel, IGP Méditerranée 2022
"...a blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache designed for easy-going, carefree drinking. The Negrel family have been making wine here since 1813, so its safe to say they know what theyre about, and if this sub-tenner charmer doesnt conjure up a sun-dappled Provencal poolside and the sound of cicadas, then nothing will. Mouth-watering, refreshing and undemanding, its just the ticket."
Nautic Rosé, Famille Sumeire, IGP Méditerranée 2022
"...from the Sumeires vignerons here for almost 800 years is another simple but deeply satisfying, thirst-quencher. A half and half blend of Grenache and Cinsault, its light and delicate with a touch of sweetness to the ripe fruit although it finishes dry. As FVDs Esme Johnstone says, Its a superb everday rosé, one I have found not to last long, once opened."
Domaine Coussin La Croix du Prieur Rosé, Famille Sumeire, Côtes de Provence 2022
"...from the Sumeires Coussin estate in the heart of the Trets terroir, is made from 50 per cent Grenache, 30 per cent Cinsault and 20 per cent Syrah. Cool-fermented in stainless steel, its fresh, lively and wonderfully refreshing."
Mas de Cadenet Rosé, Famille Negrel, Côtes de Provence 2022
"...from the Negrels, is a hand-picked organic blend of the same varieties as above, albeit with a greater amount of Cinsault. A beguiling pale pink, its soft and creamy with hints of citrus, redcurrants and wild strawberries and just the faintest of prickles on the long dry finish."
Château l'Afrique Rosé, Famille Sumeire, Côtes de Provence 2022
"...from vineyards owned by the Sumeire family for over 70 years, is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and (white) Rolle, aka Vermentino. Its zesty yet creamy and skilfully balanced with white stone fruit, citrus and redcurrants. Although an excellent aperitif, it has the weight and structure to match many a dish, and Mrs Ray and I knocked it back very happily alongside a fat juicy chicken roasted on a bed of butter beans mushed up with lemon juice, garlic, spinach and parmesan."
Grande Garde Rosé, Mas de Cadenet, Cotes-de-Provence Sainte Victoire 2021
"...the top cuvée from the Negrels Mas de Cadenet estate. An organic, oak-fermented and oak-aged blend of 70 per cent Grenache and 30 per cent Syrah, its perfectly structured and gratifyingly complex, with notes of quince, redcurrant, pear, herbs, spice and even liquorice. This is rosé for grown-ups, although Im not sure that Mrs R and I gave it quite the respect it deserves, draining it in a flash."
All wine notes from Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine.