2012 Le Saint Andr Ros, Vin de Pays du Var, France (£9.75 for a bottle, £22.95 for a magnum, Robert Rolls, 020-3215 0011).
I apologise that my column this week reads a little like a shopping list, but I have had an epiphany. Use the list that follows wisely. I have recently tasted three new 2012 ross, from the Figuire estate in Provence, and they are all sold by the enigmatic and highly talented Robert Rolls.
I guarantee that you will solve all of your ros buys for the year in one fell swoop (although load up on a few boxes of Chteau de Sours from Bordeaux, too: it's a cracker!).
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My featured Le Saint Andr Ros is a heavenly creation, classily packaged, pale, enticing and beautifully balanced with a come-hither, wild strawberry scent. The Dinner Party, 2012 Magali, Signature Ros (£12.45 bottle, £26.50 magnum, £64 double magnum) is a more structured and tightly wound creation with devastating acidity and epic class.
The No Upper Limit, 2012 Premire de Figuire, Vieilles Vignes Ros (£15.99 bottle, £33.95 magnum) is sublime, with the mourvdre grape leading the way, as one would expect, and loading everything that is glorious about Provence Ros into one glass.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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