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Ten rosé wines to try

By Rose Murray Brown MW - The Scotsman, 26/08/2014. (Posted August 2014)

This is a red wine drinker’s rosé. I loved its very dry palate, piquant spiciness and crunchy red fruits. It has more structure and weight than other rosés, so works a treat matched to spicy oriental dishes, marinated fish or barbecued chicken. A blend of southern French grapes: grenache noir and blanc, cinsault and picpoul from a much-neglected southern Rhone appellation, this is not as well-known as its neighbours Tavel and Châteauneuf du Pape. Quality here is really improving, particularly from Richard Maby’s domaine. Alcohol: 14 per cent STAR BUY

Wine Spectator

By Wine Spectator. (Posted August 2014)

Notes of peach, salted butter, blanched almond and citrus oil are tightly woven, with a quinine edge adding cut and drive to the finish. Not that big in scale, but fresh and focused. Drink now through 2016. 120 cases made. 91/100.

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By The Wine Spectator. (Posted August 2014)

Well-sculpted, with intense honeysuckle notes to the ripe white fruit flavors of Asian pear, peach and apricot. Finishes light and creamy. Drink now. 88/100 WS

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By The Wine Spectator - 2014.. (Posted August 2014)

A roasted juniper note leads the way for a core of steeped damson plum and blackberry fruit that's lined with accents of dust and tobacco, with a minerally finish. Pure, delivering an old-school feel. Drink now through 2026. 91/100

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate, October 2013.

By Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate, October 2013.. (Posted August 2014)

A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the 2010 Alpilles is a beauty! Aged 24 months in primarily foudre (5% in barrel), it sports an inky, opaque color as well as a deep, raw bouquet of cassis, liquid herbs, olive tapenade, blood and serious minerality that continues to change and evolve over the evening. Medium to full-bodied and surprisingly elegant and pure on the palate, it possesses perfect balance, fine tannin and lively acidity that shines on the finish. Gorgeous all around, yet still a baby, it needs another year or three of bottle age and will evolve gracefully for 12-15+ years. Drink 2015-2025.

Beautiful Beaujolais Blanc

By Alan Kingsbury - Foodepedia, 3rd August 2014. (Posted August 2014)

The little known white wines of France's Beaujolais region can be absolutely stunning. Made from the Chardonnay grape, the best are secret delights that beg to be discovered. Take, for example, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc Chardonnay Vielles Vignes. Aucoeur 2012. Pale in colour, fresh and calmly tropical on the nose. Everything about this wine is subtle and right. Delicate notes of ginger and spice waft over honeycomb to enliven heavenly fruits that dance over the whole palate. At this price it offers outstanding elegance, balance and sheer class making it Foodepedia's choice recommendation for 'Chardonnay Day' this year.

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James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

By James Molesworth - Wine Spectator. (Posted August 2014)

St-Joseph Alain Graillot - An old-school version, with a core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit studded with charcoal, singed bay, dark olive and pastis notes. Shows lots of character. Best from 2015 through 2020, 92/100.

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Steven Recommends...

By Steven Spurrier - Decanter magazine, September 2014.. (Posted August 2014)

The Bunan family has been one of the leaders of the appellation since 1961. A blend of 75% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 5% Syrah, fermented in oak vats and aged in foudres, this is dark and spicy, with the tannins smoothing out. Drink 2014-2019.

Some wines from a weekend away

By Jamie Goode - Wine Anorak, 4th August 2014.. (Posted August 2014)

This comes from a domaine with 6.5 hectares of organic vineyards and another 4 ha in conversion, and in 2012 because of the short harvest everything went into this wine. 12.5% alcohol. It’s really fresh and varietally (Cabernet Franc) true, with sappy raspberry and cherry fruit, together with some nice mineral, gravelly characters. It’s fresh and quite grippy, and rather tasty. There’s no doubting where this wine is from. 89/100.

Some wines from a weekend away

By Jamie Goode - Wine Anorak, 4th August 2014.. (Posted August 2014)

12.5% alcohol. Taut and really stony with bright green apple and citrus fruit. Very pure and linear with keen acidity and real finesse. The dominant theme here is the distinctive stony quality this wine possesses. 90/100.

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