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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