Michael Robinson

It’s time to enjoy a bottle of the pink stuff

  • Keeping it real: Laurence and Paul Féraud, of Domaine du Pégau, are fervent proponents of the most traditional winemaking style of Provence and Rhone

Doing my best to get inspired from home and have had a look at what the hard-hit French are doing. After all, they have consumed more rosé wine than white for a few years now.

They have obviously not been in a mood to celebrate and in April, champagne sales fell 52.5 per cent compared with last year. Rosé actually put in the best performance as sales climbed by 3.2 per cent.

Although I am writing this on a rather uncharacteristic chilly May 14 morning, I suspect that the weather will be warmer by the time it’s read this weekend and I will be able to persuade you to enjoy a bottle of the pink stuff.

To make it easier to order online or by phone I will now include our four-digit stock number with the price.

It is easier to ask for #8101 than Chateau D’Esclans 2018 Whispering Angel Provence Rosé. The price, by the way, is $28.55.

You may be considering our 10 per cent discount by stocking up on a case of 12 bottles and they can be mixed if you wish, so here are a few to consider.

The winemaker has this to say about his Australian Jim Barry Annabelle’s 2018 rosé: “In the glass this wine shows a pale pink hue. The nose opens with lifted notes of fresh red summer fruits and rose florals. The palate displays a generous burst of raspberry flavour with lashings of florals and a touch of savoury spice. A refreshing line of acidity complements the red berry flavours. The wine finishes with savoury spice and a fine, chalky texture. A moreish rosé to be enjoyed now.” Grenache is the dominant grape in this blend that one review rates 90/100. $23.95; #6417.

A long-time Bermuda resident teamed up with the Gubinelli Argentine family in 2005 to plant a vineyard in Mendoza. It is in a choice site next to the Tunuyan river that gives it a unique micro climate. Their 2017 rosé is 100 per cent Malbec and the only rosé that we stock made from this flavourful grape. It has red wine attributes, but is perfect when served chilled for the summer. $19.90; #8724.

Two very lovely Provence rosés also now have a local connection since a family, that used to be our neighbour, sold them their vineyard last summer. I refer to Mirabeau 2018 Classic Rosé and Mirabeau 2018 Pure Rosé.

Classic is a luminous pink colour with lavish aromas, expressive red summer fruit remains the essence of this rosé that has a beautiful concentration, with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant flavours taking centre stage, all finely balanced by refreshing acidity. $23.35; #8251.

Pure shows an ethereal ballet slipper pink with silver nuances, this wine stays unmistakably true to its name. Pure unveils a complex nose with finesse, revealing aromas of citrus, pink grapefruit and subtle summer berries, with a zingy freshness. $25.45; #8250.

When I first saw The Palm Rosé by Whispering Angel, in New York City, I told their sales team that they must have designed the package just for Bermuda — so much pink and so many palm trees. Crafted with grapes from Provence, the renowned rosé-producing region in southern France, The Palm is dry, light and crisp, with a signature pink hue. The blend is 89 per cent Grenache, 7 per cent Cinsault and 4 per cent Syrah.

The geniuses who created Whispering Angel hit the jackpot once again when they launched The Palm by Whispering Angel.

Billed as the more accessible sibling to the Whispering Angel’s universally loved taste, The Palm also hails from the Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence region of France. It’s a slightly more subtle rosé experience, but equally delicious: the wine is fruity, fresh, and crisp, making this is the perfect choice to sip all day. We sell the 2018 for $23.65. #8112.

The Feraud family of Domaine du Pegau, including daughter Laurence and father Paul, are fervent proponents of the most traditional winemaking style of Provence and Rhone.

It is widely regarded as one of the leading producers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

We carry five of their fabulous Châteauneufs, but this is about rosé and their Château Pegau Pink Pegau 2017 is a blend of the grapes that they are so familiar with — Cinsault, Grenache and Carignan. They suggest serving it with cod in a cream sauce. Discovery Wines were the original importers and also have the full range.

Robert Parker rates it 91/100 and writes: “This plump, medium-bodied 2017 is a bit darker and richer than normal, but that’s just fine with me. Raspberry and watermelon flavours pack in more spice than usual as well, giving it more complexity and flavour interest.” $19.85; #1985.

The very first wines were usually blends of red and white wine grapes that were more like a rosé than anything else.

Two thousand, six hundred years ago, when the Greeks landed in what is now Marseilles, they introduced these light-coloured field blends and so these, so perfect for our island, were the very first wines in France.

This column is an advertorial for Burrows Lightbourn Ltd. E-mail mrobinson@bll.bm or 295-0176. Burrows Lightbourn has stores in Hamilton (Front Street East, 295-1554), Paget (Harbour Road, 236-0355) and St George (York Street, 297-0409). Visit wineonline.bm