Tasting table

23 March, 2007

Red, rosé and fizz from around the globe

Rosé de Provence 2006, Château Beaulieu

Supplier: Matthew Clark

One of the wines in a new range launched at the generic Provence stand at France Under One Roof, as Provence Wines hopes to capitalise on the UK's rosé boom. A strawberry-packed stunner, perfect for sipping in the summer weather. Fresh, dry and elegant with a clean finish. RE

Ruch è di Castagnole Monferrato 2005

Supplier: Mille Gusti/Vernon Wines

Deep ruby colour with a rich plum and cherry nose. An almost bitter note on the palate with hints of spice, followed by blackcurrant and a surprisingly refreshing finish. More suit able as an aperitif than an easy-drinking wine with food. Interesting change of pace from well-known grape varieties. LC

Cachet Pinot Noir Rosé 2006

Supplier: Castel

Launched at France Under One Roof, this is a vibrant pink rosé with strawberry on the nose and palate, made in a drier style than many other branded alternatives. It has enough residual sugar (1g) to appeal to UK consumers, and a short, clean finish. RE

Montana Sparkling Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Brut NV

Supplier: Pernod Ricard

New Zealand brand Montana's newest addition has plenty of tropical fruit on the nose and palate, a refreshing dry crispness with medium-sized bubbles, balanced acidity and a decent length.RE




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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