A guide to the best rosé in the world

Add a pink glow to the season with the best rosé wine labels.

by 18 March 2010

Known as far back as Ancient Rome – when it was generally called clarium, meaning “lighter coloured wine”, and produced along the Mediterranean coast – rosé wine is one of the oldest products known to man.

Currently, it is also the most-talked about, given that the European Union has more or less given the green light to the production of also still wines in rosé blends, pairing the “cutting” process with the traditional “in white” wine production methods of black grape wines. Nevertheless, the rosé wines produced using the traditional method are highly reputed by the connoisseurs: refined, light bodied with a pleasant bouquet and flavour, these wines make excellent accompaniments to starters, main courses of meat or fish, desserts and the highest prodigies of fusion cuisine.

Here is our selection of the best rosé wines in the world...

Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Indulgence Coffret

Nestling in a hand-lacquered leather casket, the Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial (proposed in the ultra-limited edition Indulgence Coffret) has a zesty, fruity and intense bouquet that ripens into sparkling bright pink notes nuanced in vivid purple and red, recalling the scented aroma of forest fruits. A delicious nectar of a champagne available to only a few. Indeed, solely 75 bottles worldwide makes the Moët & Chandon Rosé the most refined symbol of contemporary luxury.

www.moet.com

Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1998

The life of Pierre Pérignon was an ongoing quest for oenological perfection. With Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1998, the label projects us into a multifaceted dimension of essential and radiant luxury. Amber, orange, copper and gold are the chromatic hues of a rosé that is never just pink, the superb paradox of an intense and sophisticated nectar. Vintage 1998 expresses the carefree, vivacious and exuberant overtones of the Pinot Noir grapes perfectly balanced with the Chardonnay grapes.

www.domperignon.com

Gosset Celebris Rosé 2003 Extra Brut

The refined bouquet of the Celebris Rosé 2003 Extra Brut produced by Gosset is dominated by an essence of wild strawberries, raspberries and blackberries mingled with the floral notes of tea rose, iris and carnation, vanilla and white pepper. The purity and elegance of this precious liquid lies in its harmonious, warm and persistent, voluptuous and very generous taste. An ideal complement for salmon and slightly smoked flavours, strong cheeses and desserts made with red fruits and cream.

www.champagne-gosset.com

Barone Pizzini Franciacorta DOCG Rosé

For wine lovers who like to combine certified quality with the pleasure of prestigious choice, Barone Pizzini, one of Franciacorta’s oldest and best-known wineries and the pioneer of bio-bubbles, offers Franciacorta DOCG Rosé, a limited production that develops a smooth finish thanks to being left to age on yeasts for 30 months and in the bottle for four months. Notes of dried fruit and preserves are satisfying and pleasantly mature on the palate, perfect for family toasts.

www.baronepizzini.it

Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

Soft and juicy notes make this rosé a pinnacle choice, not least for the elegant embossed bottle – a copy of that traditionally used in the era of Henry IV. Cuvée Rosé Brut by Laurent Perrier has become the “must” of the rosé champagnes and is the jewel in the label’s crown. Laid down in the centuries-old cellars of Laurent-Perrier at Tours-sur-Marne for at least four years, the sensual and provocative mouthfeel of this champagne makes an extraordinary match with red fruit desserts and even Asian cuisine.

www.laurent-perrier.fr

Champagne Krug Rosé

Krug Rosé bursts on the tongue with a persuasive elegance, a culmination of the crunchy creaminess of just-baked meringue, the mellow fragrance of rose and peony petals, cassis, raspberries and hints of white chocolate, exotic spices, comfit, pepper, ginger and dried fruit. Full-flavoured with an extremely intense bouquet, Krug Rosé leaves a long yet delicate and soft finish with almond overtones that echoes of A Thousand and One Nights. A truly unique champagne to be savoured slowly.

www.krug.com