2016 L’exuberance du Clos Cantenac Rosé, Bordeaux, France (£19.95 per bottle sold in cases of 6 x 75cl; £41 per magnum sold in cases of 3 x 150cl, Private Cellar, 01353-721999, PrivateCellar.co.uk).
I must admit that I am more than a little obsessed with ultra-high-end, bone-dry, sophisticated rosé. I drink an awful lot of the stuff during the warmer months because elite rosé invariably hits the spot more accurately and more often than structured reds when the temperatures climb. While Provence is the acknowledged world rosé stronghold, I do know of a few incredible wines from further afield.
Last year I drew your attention to the inaugural vintage of Martin Krajewski’s stellar L’exuberance – the first rosé made from a Saint-Emilion property. It sold out in the blink of an eye and I am certain that you will have savoured every drop. I am fortunate to have been sent a sneak preview of the 2016 vintage and it is even finer than the 2015. There is a little more stock, too.
The wine will be shipped in April for delivery in May, in time for your summer soirées. Made from 92% merlot and 8% cabernet sauvignon, and using clever new, large format oak barrels, it is a delicate 12.5% alcohol (unlike the heftier Provençal models) and it has length and finesse rarely seen in cosmic rosé. The fruit is crystalline and the acidity is high tensile and throughout the experience the incredible and unforgettable merlot scent pervades your senses.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).