Premium Rosés

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A new article from The Drinks Business highlights twelve luxury rosés, detailing their unique characteristics and appeal to fine wine enthusiasts. The selection spans various regions and styles, emphasising high-quality production and distinctive flavour profiles. These rosés are premium choices for discerning palates, often accompanied by notable packaging and prestigious vineyard reputations.

Here is the list of the wines with prices and suppliers:

  • Château Minuty 281, 2023 – £55, available from The Wine Society
  • Ysios Rosé, 2023 – £40, supplied by Majestic Wine
  • Le Cirque des Grives, Château La Gordonne Bio, 2022 – £50, distributed by Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Women of the World, Pinotage Rosé, 2023 – £43, found at Waitrose
  • Rosa 32 Levant, 2022 – £35, supplied by Selfridges
  • Rosa Céleste by Quinta da Gaivosa, 2021 – £25, available from Harvey Nichols
  • Rock Angel by Caves d’Esclans, 2022 – £26.50, distributed by Fortnum & Mason
  • Marchesi Frescobaldi, Aurea Gran Rosé 2022 – £30, supplied by Harrods
  • Chivite Colección 125 Rosado, IGP Riberas, 2022 – £25, found at The Drinks Shop
  • Les Clans, 2022 – £65, available from Hedonism Wines
  • Château Gassier, Elevae, 2019 – £60, supplied by The Conran Shop
  • Clos du Temple, 2023 – £220, distributed by Claridge’s

Is there need for premium rosés? I sometimes correspond with Mark Squires, wine writer and previously critic at Robert Parker Wine. He has an interesting question (on Bluesky, visible to logged in users):

I’ve always wondered if Rosé trend would eventually peter out. It’s a compromise wine with a checkered past. When you taste the light and crisp, folks might say, “Why not just drink a white?” And for those structured and more impressive ones, “Why not a red?” Do we need high end pink?

I guess this is more about brand, appearance and uniqueness than taste. Some people like to think they are buying, or be seen to be buying, ‘the best’, as exemplified by some of the above suppliers.