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Rick Stein Rosé 2018
The house rosé at Rick Stein's restaurants for several years now. Made from our red grapes, the pale juice is whipped off the skins straight away for a dry, refreshing wine. Unusually good with spicy food. £11.95 a bottle.
The back label: 'This Provençal style of dry rosé was made from 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were harvested early, in September, and the pale juice quickly run off the dark skins for a light, crisp wine.' 12.5% vol.
See our nifty 'best to drink' graphic on the back label, a few pics from the vineyard below, or our 'Restaurant listings' which show you're in good company.
Bordeaux 2018 will be remembered as an exceptional year in more ways than one. It may be a cliché but it really was 'a game of two halves': until the football World Cup in June, we'd had a wet winter and then a thoroughly soggy spring. Many châteaux struggled with the threat of mildew, and Daniel, Nelly and the team did a terrific job in the vineyard keeping any such nasties at bay.
And then the sun shone all the way to the autumn harvest - to have three complete months of sunny, dry weather from early July right through to early October is rare. After a small vintage in 2017 because of a late spring frost, we were lucky in 2018 to bring in an excellent crop for both the whites and the reds.
- Expert opinion
- pics at the Chateau
“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
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