As well as being the house rosé for Rick Stein for a decade, our pale pink was also selected for Gordon Ramsay's three Michelin star restaurant last year. £12.50 a bottle. Selected too for the Hot 50 Bordeaux Selection.
The back label: "This dry rosé was made from equal parts of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The grapes were harvested earlier in September than for making red, and the pale juice quickly run off the dark skins for a light, crisp wine." 12% vol.
As the Guardian's wine critic, Fiona Beckett, wrote on 13 November:
'Try rosé in winter – it’ll grow on you'
'Part of the perception that rosé is predominantly a swimming pool wine is because it is mainly associated with the pale, baby-pink style popularised by Provence. And despite the best efforts of retailers to introduce other styles to their range, that’s still what most people are looking for in a rosé. When I did a tasting at the Dartmouth food festival a couple of weeks ago, the Maia Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020 (£18.95 Red & White, 12%) was among the wines the audience liked the best, another being the similarly pale Château Bauduc Bordeaux Rosé in today’s picks.'
Five rosés to enjoy in winter
Chateau Bauduc Rosé 2020
'Château Bauduc Rosé 2020 £12.50 from bauduc.com, 12%. Bordeaux produces rosés, too, and from the same grape varieties as the reds. This one is as prettily pale as Provençal rosé, but fruitier – try it with Thai green curry.'
"Rhubarb, strawberry, fresh, most appealing. Easy drinking, dry style with a refreshing note of white pepper on the finish." Richard Bampfield MW (Master of Wine), for the Hot 50 Bordeaux Selection 2021.
2019: "this one won me over. It has a great colour, a peachy sunset-pink, and most importantly a nose of fresh rather than sweet or confected fruit, all crisp strawberry and leafy raspberry, with nuances of peach stone, pear and acacia. It has such delicious vigour on the palate, showing weight but also poise and energy, the substance cut by a fresh acidity and citric energy. It is so delicious and so fresh, with a long, tingling finish too. Bottled under Stelvin screwcap. 92/100"
Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com. January 2021.
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Château Bauduc Rosé (Bordeaux) 2019
I can’t say I spend any time drinking much (or indeed any) rosé, nevertheless this one won me over. It has a great colour, a peachy sunset-pink, and most importantly a nose of fresh rather than sweet or confected fruit, all crisp strawberry and leafy raspberry, with nuances of peach stone, pear and acacia. It has such delicious vigour on the palate, showing weight but also poise and energy, the substance cut by a fresh acidity and citric energy. It is so delicious and so fresh, with a long, tingling finish too. Bottled under Stelvin screwcap. From a 2021 Update. 92/100
“The Bauduc Rosé is something of a revelation… It is a delightful wine. Aromatically I find delicate red fruits, with notes of peach and tangerine. It shows a lovely structure in the mouth, possessing the feel of a white wine, light and fresh, and imbued with vibrant acidity. This is really good…”Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com
“Very pale pink. Fresh, red fruit aromas - raspberry and redcurrant nuance. Clean and dry on the palate but with an underlying ripeness of fruit. The freshness is what appeals. Delicious.”James Lawther MW, Contributing Editor for Decanter magazine
“The other day I had Chateau Bauduc’s lovely Bordeaux Rosé, which goes against the region’s general trend of harvesting late by picking grapes (merlot and cabernet) early to keep the style fresh, dry and modest in alcohol (12% abv). You can buy the wine, which stocked at Rick Stein’s restaurants and Gordon Ramsay’s, direct from the chateau.”Fiona Beckett, The Guardian