News 28 May 2020

Top five French rosés (not made by celebrities)

As Kylie Minogue becomes the latest celebrity to launch a rosé from the south of France, here are five made, instead, by winemakers

Words by Guy Woodward

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You might have read of a new, celebrity-endorsed addition to the already overcrowded shelves of Provencal rosé in UK supermarkets. Kylie Minogue joins a host of celebrities making rosé in – or should we say from – Southern France, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Bon Jovi and the now consciously uncoupled Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Like her counterparts, Minogue was supposedly closely involved in the making of the wine, which was created to her specifications. And of course, according to the man behind the wine – Paul Schaafsma of Benchmark Drinks –“she has a fantastic palate”.

Clarendelle’s rosé comes from the same stable as Château Haut-Brion

Minogue was reported as saying that she’s not a fan of sweet wines. “I don’t like sugar in wines, which was one of the first takeaways for Benchmark during this process.” She might, then, be disappointed by the tasting note of Jane MacQuitty in this morning’s Times. MacQuitty labelled the wine a “coarse, surly, sweet-yet-bitter disappointment”. Noting the generous 4.4g per litre of residual sugar, the acerbic critic concluded that “as with most of the long line of celebrity-endorsed wines, anyone spending the best part of a tenner on this needs their head examined.”

To save our readers the trouble, we have instead put together our top five southern French rosés made, not by celebrities, but – a novel approach, we admit – by professional winemakers.

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