In the romantic month of February, we bring you 5 Rose wines that sparkle and excite. Believed to be the oldest style of wine in the world, rose is traditionally dry and crisp, and hails originally from the Provence region of France – mainly branded as a ladies drink. Now, it is no longer only a summer wine to be drunk on a sunny terrace. A symbol of style and fashion, the Rose wine becomes popular… with men. And we’re not surprised… with more and more producers starting to make ultra-premium Rose wines.
Besides, a rose’s fashionable pink is in itself, an appeal.
Retail Price: S$ 54.00
About the Wine: An intense, aromatic, brilliantly clear and well-balanced Pinot Noir with a delicate mineral structure, a good aromatic length and a true Sancerre character. We can find raspberry, red currant and floral on the nose, with freshness and finesse. Spicy notes of pink pepper.
About the Winery: At the beginning of the XIX century, ALPHONSE MELLOT founded a tavern in Sancerre where one could savour the local wines and so began a flourishing trade that was to continue. In 1881 he was granted a licence to ship his wine throughout France and all over the World. This marked the beginning of a pacific conquest which has been pursued and developed by the family business from father to son ever since, with the eldest son continuing to bear the name of the Founder Alphonse. The wines are produced from the upper Sancerre vineyard, the most famous of which is the « DOMAINE LA MOUSSIERE ». Its exceptional quality has led to it being officially classified as a unique category amongst the Sancerre wines. The DOMAINE DE LA MOUSSIERE comprises one single vineyard of over thirty hectares.
Food Pairing: Softshell Crab or Grilled Prawns w/ Lemon & Coriander
Winery Website –http://www.mellot.com/
Retail Price: S$ 46.00
About the Wine: Recently awarded as a Gold medalled wine with the UOB Tower Club Wine Awards 2016, this Rosé is pretty, luminous, and in salmon-pink robe tinted with gold. Delectable bouquet, with notes of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant). Round, refreshing and perfectly balanced in the mouth, very smooth and agreeable, with notes of white fruit. Fruity and very long finish. Ideal served as an aperitif or with Provencal starters and southern cuisine. Perfect with all kinds of Oriental and Asian food.
About the Winery: Château de Berne spans 1,250 acres of sumptuous countryside in the heart of Provence. Niched between garrigue and olive groves, its 290 acres of wine-producing plots are planted with Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Viognier, Merlot, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc and Rolle grape varieties.
Château des Bertrands is a 494-acre estate located at the heart of a Natura 2000 protected area and at the foot of the Maures hill chain.
Food Pairing: Slow-cooked duck breast with pomegranate-based sauce
Winery Website – http://www.chateauberne.com/en/wines.html
Retail Price: S$ 39.00
About the Wine: In French, ‘Sybel’ has literally the same pronunciation that translates to ‘so beautiful’ – an elegant expression of this particular Rosé wine. An expressive and charming wine with acidulous red fruits nose (Strawberry, currant and sweet spices); This Rosé is gourmand on the palate with a nice, balanced finish filled with exceptional freshness.
About the Winery: Established in 1920, the Cave Yves Cuilleron winery has since been run by three generations. Living by the philosophy that accentuates on their passion and rigorous approach, the wines are totally homemade, with a strong emphasis on authentic and original produce. This exacting, hands-on attitude means that the winemaker is personally monitoring every stage of production, from vine-planting to wine-bottling. “I focus on everything, that is the price you pay for quality” – Yves Cuilleron
Food Pairing: Salmon Tartar or Sushi
Winery Website –http://www.cuilleron.com/indexGB.htm
Retail Price: S$ 112.00
About the Wine: Rosé Zero is an invitation to revel in the most explosive of pink Champagnes, redolent with the natural flavours of fruits and spices. The contemporary elegance of the bottle, the rarity of zero sugar dosage and the generosity of the emotions it produces makes it a unique pink Champagne.
About the Winery: At the heart of the left bank of the Marne Valley, Benoit Tarlant is gradually taking over from his parents the 14 ha vineyards. He cultivated this vineyard with care, using only organic fertilisers. His vinegrowing is painstaking, perfectly adapted to the mosaic of different soils and subsoils with flint-bearing sand, through clay and limestone to pure chalk. A real policy of vintages has been adopted and like the very best Champagne houses, the Tarlant only release their wines at their peak after eight to ten years cellaring.
Food Pairing: As a dessert, Strawberry or Raspberry Souffle topped with some ice-cream
Winery Website – http://www.tarlant.com/en/champagne.htm
Retail Price: S$ 50.00
About the Wine: Fresh and bright aroma. Wild fruit, particularly strawberry, against a mint background. Pleasant first taste. Rich and dense with well-combined bubbles. Fresh and fleshy but also complex and light with a strong flavour of wild berries, particularly strawberry. Fresh finish, well-balanced, good structure and well-integrated bubbles. Pleasant medium intensity aftertaste with harmonized aroma and flavour.
About the Winery: Agusti Torello Mata has a reputation as one of Spain’s foremost Cava producers and my visit in January 2011 did nothing to disprove it. The stated goal is “to make Cava with soul” working with only the traditional grapes. All of the fruit utilized is at least 30 years of age. Approximately 20% of the production is exported to a total of 31 countries.
Food Pairing: Fresh Oyster and Shallots-based sauce
Winery Website – http://agustitorellomata.com/?lang=en