Despite continuing to live in our ‘new normal’ the summer is coming and there is another bank holiday on the horizon. Wisps of barbecue smoke can now be seen regularly rising over garden fences and the new vintages of Provence rosé are starting to arrive on the wine shelves, so maybe we can allow ourselves briefly to look through Rosé tinted glasses?
As it happens the last trade tasting I went to in London before the lockdown came included a tasting of the new vintage of AIX Rosé, one of Provence’s most recognisable labels. Established as recently as 2009 by Dutchman Eric Kurver, who took an unprofitable estate making red and white wine and turned it into one of the regions best rosé producers. The very first vintage won the prestigious Medaille d’Or in Paris as the best rosé in Provence, and the rest as they say is now history. The estate very much plays to its strengths and produces only rosé and being ultra fashionable is also currently the biggest bottler of magnums in Provence.
AIX Rosé 2019 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
Bottles £13.50 List £14.50,
Magnums £27.00 List £29.00
This vintage is a classic Provence blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault with this year a little Carignan added. It has a lovely bright, pale pink colour, with a bouquet offering citrus, summer red fruits, watermelon and a little Asian spice, before a wonderful fresh, lively palate with more summer fruits and crisp acidity and a long, pleasing finish. As great rosé should this just makes you want to come back for another sip, it is a great aperitif and it also would work well with some simply grilled fish such as red mullet or garlic prawns straight off the barbecue.