Love is in the air, yes sireee it is! And as such it seemed only fitting to pick a few bottles that prove beyond all reasonable doubt that ROMANCE IS NOT DEAD! Originally a Christian holiday to celebrate one or more saints named Valentinus, it was Geoffrey Chaucer, in the High Middle Ages, who shifted the context of the holiday, evolving into an occasion where lovers present flowers, gifts and handwritten cards as an expression of their love for one and other, bless. This in mind we’ve selected four roses and four fizzes that are close to our hearts.
Bollinger Rose NV Brut // £49.99 // 12% ABV // 750ml
One of the great names in Champagne. The NV Brut Rose comes across as delicate and gentle. Sweet berries, crushed flowers and spices waft from the glass in this beautiful, balanced Champagne. Also available in half bottles, priced at £29.99.
Deville Rose Brut // £27.99 // 12% ABV // 750ml
A vibrant salmon-pink in colour. The mousse is persistent and lasting. On the nose aromas of summer red fruits leading to a refreshing and floral palate of cherries, blood orange and candied flowers. A very polished and well-balanced fizz.
Guy Allion Crement De Loire // £12.99 // 12.5% ABV // 750ml
A delicious sparkling Sauvignon from the Loire valley, crisp and creamy this is wine that will not disappoint. Fresh, delicate and clean it has a bouquet of fresh citrus, specifically apples and pears, balanced against mineral notes. A thoroughly delicious and refreshing bottle.
Bernadi Prosecco // £9.99 // 11% ABV // 750ml
A delicious and easy to drink wine, in the style of Prosecco but made like a Frizzante, the wine is less effervescent than Champagne, but has a lovely off-dry finish which sits well against the addition of fresh fruit in the glass, either raspberries or strawberries would compliment the wine well.
Miraval Rose // £25.00 // 13% ABV // 750ml
Clean, refreshing and classy, the 2013 Cotes de Provence Rose offers up plenty of strawberry and citrus-like aromas and flavors to go with a lightly textured, medium-bodied profile that’s perfect for a hot summer day. Made by the Perrin Family and some folks called Jolie and Pitt, to whom we are clueless.
L’Hortus Rose // £12.99 // 13% ABV // 750ml
The 2013 Coteaux du Languedoc Bergerie de l’Hortus is Provencal in style, with hints of cherry, strawberry, herbs de Provence and spice as well as a clean, crisp and pure feel on the palate. Made from a direct press of 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and the rest Cinsault, it’s a truly delicious rose.
Le Saint Andre Rose // £10.99 // 12.5% ABV // 750ml
Pale salmon in colour and incredibly delicate. To the nose it provides strawberries, apples and fragrant herbs whilst the palate begins with a gentle fruity acidity, leading to long, rich finish definitive of Provence, spice and sea air reminiscent of that Mediterranean freshness.
Le Petit Berticot Rose // £6.99 // 11.5% ABV // 750ml
This is an excellent modern French rose with a very attractive price tag, beautifully balanced with a nice fragrance, good acidity, delicate raspberry and strawberry fruits, and a very good dry finish. A lovely rose produced from the merlot grape.