Super-pale Provence rosé

Provence roses

Yes. This specifically. I used to drink the syrupy, candy-pink Californian stuff when I was a teenager, and still have the odd nostalgic sip to remind myself of barely-legal beer gardens and summer romances. But I was ‘over’ rosé until recently.

Then I went on a fab work trip with Eurostar (their new route to Lyon, on the train that also goes to Avignon and Marseilles), and they held a little tasting aboard. What a revelation: crisp, dry, the colour of blush-pink suede, and with hints of gooseberry and rose petal. My favourite was the 2014 Chateaux Pigoudet from Aix-en-Provence, but I was equally spellbound by the fragrance-pretty bottles of Chateau de Berne. And Brad and Ange even have their own, Miraval – granted, at £18 a pop – now available at M&S.

Stocking up for summer barbecues and al fresco moments, STAT.


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