Coming up Rosé!
It’s insta-friendly label and delicate blush tones have made the trendiest of trendy Rosé wines a social media hit but does this rosey pink number really live up to the hype and what do the experts think of it? I got the chance to ask the master of wine, David Whelehan, when he came into the Ireland AM studio this morning to talk through his top summery rosés!
Whispering Angel Rosé 2019 – €25 Arguably the trendiest and most popular provençal rosé but does it live up to the hype and is it worth the price tag? From Caves d’Esclans, this dry Provençal Rosé is made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah,
Carignan and Vermentino. It displays the classic pale colour and is instantly appealing with floral and peach notes. The palate is rich and textured and the wine has a pleasing finish. David definitely approves of this wine (phew – I haven’t been wasting my money!!) but feels it’s overpriced at anything over €25.
Gilbert & Gaillard Rosé 2019 -€15
A cheaper alternative, David suggests this is a nice ‘accomplished’ rosé and very easy to drink.
With over 25 years of experience and tasting acquired worldwide, wine journalists and critics, Philippe
Gaillard and Francois Gilbert are using their expertise in creating a beautiful vineyard in St Chinian in the
Languedoc, Château Gilbert & Gaillard. Here they craft this limited production Rosé using a blend of 85%
Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache. This is a very easy drinking Rosé, with alluring aromas of summer. Perfect for sipping in the garden!
Domaine André Vatan Sancerre Maulin Bèle Rosé 2019 – €24
Dry, hip and very cool according to the expert. This is unequivocally a world class dry rosé.
They produce unique, memorable wines which are most normally discovered on Michelin starred wine lists. Made from the red grape of this appellation, the Pinot Noir, it’s a superb dry rosé with crisp, floral flavours and fruit flavours of redcurrant and cherry. Ideally chill for approximately 1 hour in the fridge. Great served with grilled fish.
Torres Natureo Rosé (Non Alcoholic) – €8
Perfect for summer sipping. The wines of the Torres family need little introduction in Ireland. This winery has been the driver of so much of the Spanish wine trade in Ireland and have been actively pioneering de-alcoholised wines since 2008. This rosé is made from a blend of Syrah and Cabernet and it has attractive red fruit aromas and flavours. It’s always nice to be able to offer a non-alcoholic option too.
Please note – The above are simply just recommendations (from expert wine master, David Whelehan of Whelehan’s wines. ) This is not an ad. Just some good recommendations for you rosé fans.