Best rosé wine 2021: Enjoy rosé all day with our top picks

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Updated on 03 August 2021

Best rosé wine 2021: Enjoy rosé all day with our top picks

There was a time when rosé was a simple and harmless glugger, a bit of summer fun to be sipped and enjoyed, but not to be taken too seriously. Not any more. Rosé has become deeply fashionable and big business, particularly pale pink Provence rosés whose status and desirability have reached dizzying heights. While Chateaux d’Esclans ‘Garrus’, a blend of Grenache and Vermentino, with a texture as smooth as silk and a finish that goes on and on, will set you back £60 a bottle, most Provence rosé is not simply the domain of the megayacht community. It is, indeed, an affordable way of injecting a bit of glamour into an everyday occasion, and for that alone we love it!

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As a summer drink, rosé has a unique place in the wine pantheon, but it also works surprisingly well all year round, particularly as a versatile food pairing. It’s perfect not just with summer salads or strongly flavoured dressings but is superb with spice, and simple grilled meats and vegetables.

Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre will be the most common grapes used in Provence rosé, but as you widen the geographical remit you will find all manner of other grapes being used – from Zinfandel to Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon to Black Muscat as well as a raft of other outliers. But for our guide here, we will cover both Provence rosé and the names that we would expect you to come across both in restaurants and the best supermarket shelves. We hope our notes help you decide which wine has your name on it.

THE BEST ROSÉ WINES FOR 2021

Mirabeau en Provence Classic Rosé

The pale pink hues of the Mirabeau 2020 are mirrored by an equally subtle nose of grapefruit, orange peel and crunchy cherries. In the glass it radiates sunshine with fresh grapefruit, raspberry and dry strawberry fruit, tempered with a salty tang. This dry rosé matches beautifully with with salmon or ceviche.
Where to buy it: Waitrose
Price: £12.99
Perfect for: Summer evenings

Minuty, M de Minuty, Rosé 2020, Côtes de Provence

One of only 18 châteaux to be given Cru Classé status, this is blue-riband Provence with its beautiful pale pink colour, soft herbal perfume and precise granite minerality. Fresh textured, with nectarine and grapefruit sharpness, its steely acidity and creamy complexity helps to make it a great match with BBQ prawns or a salad Niçoise.
Where to buy it: Majestic
Price: £12.99
Perfect for: Matching with Summer dishes

Chapel Down English Rosé

An English rosé from the quaint Kent wine makers at Chapel Down, the 2018 vintage is bursting with notes of English summer, including strawberry and redcurrants, with just a hint of citrus to add a refreshing finish to the palette. If you’re looking for a home-grown rosé then this would be a perfect choice.
Where to buy: Ocado
Price: £12.99
Perfect for: Rosé from an English vineyard

Saint Tropez Rosé 2020, Provence

A delightful salmon colour and restrained nose of fresh herbs and raspberries provide the introduction to this Laithwaites wine which shows good purity of fruit in the mouth, with a savoury edge and a hint of pepper. Quite full on the palate which means it also works beautifully with seafood or pedron peppers.
Where to buy it: Laithwaites
Price: £13.49
Perfect for: Pairing with seafood

The Pale, Rosé by Sacha Lichine

A less expensive offering from the makers of the classic Whispering Angel, The Pale embraces everything you want a rosé to be - aromatic, elegant and with a fun and quirky bottle design. This dry rosé is “inspired and influenced by the fresh sea air of the French Riviera”.
Where to buy: Waitrose Cellar
Price: £13.99
Perfect for: Dry wine drinkers

Château de Berne Rosé 2020, Provence

Classic Provence rosé with seductive salmon pink tones and distinctive square bottle – what’s not to like? Clean red berries on the palate, with some riper fruit bowl notes, are kept sharp with fresh, sweet herbal complexity – we dig the subtle rosemary notes. Nice gentle finish. Ideal by the pool.
Where to buy it: Waitrose Cellar
Price: £13.49
Perfect for: Summer afternoons

AIX Rosé 2020 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, Magnum

Make a statement with a magnum or two of this benchmark Provencal rosé, that sells well out of many a classy restaurant on the south coast. Its light salmon pink colour, soft fruity palate and clean dry finish ticks all the boxes. We particularly like its herbaceous, thyme-inflected nuances which complement the raspberry fruit and zingy freshness.
Where to buy it: Majestic
Price: £27.99 (150 ml)
Perfect for: Bringing to a party

Mirabeau Pure Rosé 2020, Provence

A restrained nose of red berry fruit underpins this bright, fresh, softer style of Provence rosé. Strawberries and ripe cherry notes balanced by attractive minerality and fresh acidity. Finesse and freshness on the finish.
Where to buy it: Waitrose
Price: £15.49
Perfect for: Serving with light dishes

Kylie Minogue Rosé

A rosé from the World’s very own pop princess could easily be viewed as a gimmick. But Kylie Minogue’s signature rosé has received rave reviews. Crisp summer notes, red berries and a hint of blossom give this rosé a floral edge that makes it perfect for summer.
Where to buy: Ocado
Price: £9
Perfect for: A party

Artur Metz Rosé al Alsace Rosé Pinot Gris

If you prefer your wine on the sweet side then this Pinot Gris, with notes of sweet honey, will be beautifully matched to your taste. Sweet English fruits come through the aroma, cut with a touch of dryness that stops this rosé feeling too sickly sweet.
Where to buy: Ocado
Price: £14.99
Perfect for: Sweet wine drinkers

The Black Pig Rosé 2019

Fans of darker, fruiter and more vibrant rosés will be drawn to the striking hue of The Black Pig - a South East Australian wine made with Shiraz grapes. It’s a perfect crowd-pleaser with notes of dark fruit, a dash of spice and a heavy blackcurrant punch to finish.
Where to buy: Virgin Wines
Price: £9.99
Perfect for: A crowd pleasing rosé

Love by Léoube Rosé 2020, Provence

This elegant, dry, biodynamic rosé is made by the Bamford family, whose rosé wines have rapidly become gold-standard territory, sold by discerning restaurateurs the world over. Bang next door to Domaine Ott, the vineyards run down to the sea, which helps inflect the wine with a salty edge that perfectly complements the crunchy red berries on the palate. Fresh as a spring day, with a nice tight structure, this newer ‘second’ wine shows strong maritime influences.
Where to buy it: Ocado
Price: £15.99
Perfect for: Drinking by the coast

Miraval 2020, Côtes de Provence

This estate has never looked back since being purchased by Hollywood a-listers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But it’s certainly not all about hype. The wine is made by the Perrin family who are Rhone royalty in this neck of the woods. Subtle wild strawberries and sweet, fresh herbs on the nose, redcurrants and citrus fruit on the palate, harnessed by a nice, saline backbone. Long and classy, to match its delightful light pink colour.
Where to buy it: Majestic
Price: £17.99
Perfect for: Adding some A-list glam

Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2020, Provence

This benchmark Côtes de Provence rosé, adored by fashionable restaurants and bars around the world, boasts a rose-petalled hue, that’s barely been touched by mascerating skins, and a subtle hibiscus-scented nose. Mineral and textured, this wine is anchored by a bone-dry and bright citrus fruit palate. Light-bodied it boasts wonderfully refreshing acidity.
Where to buy: Majestic
Price: £18.99
Perfect for: Drinking on your megayacht...

Kopke, Winemaker's Collection Tinta Cão Rosé 2020, Reserva, Douro

Just to show there is class beyond Provence, this classic rosé is made with the hardy, thick skinned varietal Tinta Cão in the Douro valley by estimable port producers Kopke. A subtle fragrance of fresh peach and pretty floral notes provide a low-key introduction. But on the palate it’s a picture of elegance with a creamy texture, firm tannins and delightful acidity, overlaid with redcurrant fruit. A food wine, for sure, it’s underscored by complexity and a long fresh finish – delicious with seabass and pad thai.
Where to buy: Vintage Wine & Port
Price: £22.95 
Perfect for: Pairing with food

Château Minuty 281

For something special, our go-to has to be Château Minuty 281. Don’t be fooled by the translucent hue, this is a light but complex rose with white fruit aromas and iodine notes that give a distinctive yet delicate taste. Our most expensive rosé on the list but definitely worth splashing out on for a special occasion.
Where to buy: Vivino
Price: £59.95
Perfect for: Something special

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Fortnum’s Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020

Created by By Ott, Fortnum's Côtes de Provence Rosé 2020 is a delicate blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. On the palate you will discover notes of summer berries with a cut of acidity and light, with a hint of tannins. The pretty bottle and Fortnum's name make this an ideal choice as a special gift.
Where to buy: Fortnum & Mason
Price: £19.50
Perfect for: Giving as a gift

Harrods Provence Rosé 2019

Add some luxury to your wine of choice with the Harrods Provence Rosé - made with a choice of grapes grown in the Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence region. This delicate rose has a pale pink shade and a light, crisp and dry taste that is a perfect crowd pleaser.
Where to buy: Harrods
Price: £18
Perfect for: Some affordable luxury

Nice Pale Rosé

Searching for a rosé that is fun, palatable and not too taxing on the wallet? Nice Pale rose is a canned wine that is perfectly portable and ideal for picnics in the sun. A light and dry rose with a crisp finish, and it certainly won’t blow your budget.
Where to buy: Sainsburys
Price: £2.65 per can
Perfect for: Wine on the go

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, Champagne

Finally, and for a change of pace, few wines gain the standard-bearing position in their category to the extent that Laurent-Perrier Rosé has. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, from the house’s own vineyards and the best crus from the Montagne de Reims, this delightful salmon-pink wine is created using the sagné, soak-on-the-skins method and delivers complexity alongside elegance, with fresh red berries to the fore, fine bubbles and a hint of brioche on the finish. Pairs well with saucisson, Asian flavours and red-fruit desserts.
Where to buy it: Drink Supermarket
Price: £54.99
Perfect for: A special celebration 

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