THE DRINKS BUSINESS- Provence sweeps board at Rosé tasting

by Patrick Schmitt

Wines from in and around Provence dominated the top spots in a blind tasting in London last week that featured 31 of the world’s most famous and expensive rosés.
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Then, with all four of its wines featuring in the top 11, were the Provençal labels from Domaines Sacha Lichine: Whispering Angel, Château d’Esclans, Les Clans, and the £60 Garrus.
Not only were the top 11 highest scoring rosés in the tasting all from the Provence region, and all dry, but they all contained Grenache, attesting to the suitability of this somewhat underrated grape for making the world’s best rosés.(…)
Having taken part in the blind tasting, db has revealed its own top 11 highest-scoring rosés in the tasting:

1 = Chêne Bleu, 2013 (£15)
1 = Château d’Esclans – Domaines Sacha Lichine, 2013 (£23)
3 = Domaine Tempier, 2012 (£24)
3 = Domaines Ott Clos Mireille, 2013 (£30)
5 = Garrus – Domaines Sacha Lichine, 2012 (£60)
5 = Château Sainte Marguerite Cuvée M, 2012 (£20)
7 = Domaine de Terrebrune, 2012 (£22)
7 = Les Clans – Domaines Sacha Lichine, 2012 (£50)
7= Miraval, 2013 (£20)
7 = M de Minuty, 2013 (£15)
7 = Château de Leoube, 2013 (£16)

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