• Alexander Smith

Top Rosés 2019

After the article 'Battle of the Rosés' from last year, I thought I would provide an update to what I felt were the best rosés I have tried in 2019. France was my focus this year, however I was surprised to find a variety of rosés from delicately and silky to more earthy, spicy versions. Rosés are often overlooked, however I find them some of the best value wines on the market. Rosés from Bourgogne and Bordeaux for less than $35, yet over 92 points, probably the biggest secret in the wine industry.

My Rosé of the year goes to 'Les Haut de Smith Bordeaux Rosé 2018', both fruit driven along with floral characteristics, this was bright with good concentration and pulled off an elegant finish.

See the full list below, along with a link as to where you can buy these wines for the last few weekends of summer:

Les Hauts de Smith Bordeaux Rosé 2018 - 94 points

As always one of the best-priced roses on the market, this is wonderfully balanced with aromas of freshly cut strawberries, raspberries and floral characteristics, on the palate I found a light and delicate yet an elegant rose with red fruit and spring flowers, a good backbone of acidity and wonderfully delicate length.

Domaine Serene "R" - 93 points

Domaine Serene, very Provence style of rose. Quite floral with fresh strawberries, raspberries, fresh lavender and a good backbone of acidity. This is as good as it gets for Oregon roses, fresh, crisp and easy drinking.

Château Giscours Le Rosé de Giscours 2018 - 93 points

Bordeaux is producing some very good rosés these days, this is just whisker behind the Les Haut de Smith. Quite floral yet with good grip, loads of fresh fruit, elegant and a long finish, very easy drinking.

Domaines Ott Côtes de Provence Rosé Château de Selle 2018 - 93 points

Not as much depth as the 2017, Aromas of freshly picked strawberries, roses and a little lavender, the palate was very delicate and soft with red garden fruit along with a lacy texture and a long elegant finish. Blend of 40% Cinsault, 40% Grenache, 14% Syrah and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Chill and enjoy now.

Domaine Bruno Clair Marsannay Rosé 2017 - 92 points

Wild salmon pink colour with notes of fresh raspberries and cherries along a palate full of fresh red fruit, fresh herbs, floral and straight acidity and a direct finish. Drink now

Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel 2018 - 90 points

Very floral with light strawberries, raspberries and a light finish, some wild spring herbs as well. A little heat on the finish which stopped it scoring higher.

Domaine du Gros 'Noré Bandol Rosé 2018 - 89 points

Interesting rosé, first real experience of Bandol, and compared to other regions I find Bandol roses a lot more serious. the nose is full of fresh fruit yet with a herbal and spicy note, the palate is full of spicy fresh strawberries, raspberries, fresh herbs, pepper with an earthy and spicy kick on the finish.

Hope you guys can pick up some of the above bottles! Enjoy the rest of the summer whilst it lasts! What was your favourite Rosé of the summer?

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