2008 Chteau de Sours Ros, Bordeaux, France (£8.99, or buy two bottles and save £3, Majestic; £89.88 per case, Goedhuis 020-7793 7900).
The UK's favourite ros is back with a bang this year, silkier and more succulent than ever. The colour is an other-worldly scarlet and the bottle appears to shine like some emergency tonic that relieves all conditions which it does!
Made from 60% merlot and 40% cabernet sauvignon, red berry fruit flavours cavort out of the glass and massage your taste buds. It's a rare wine in that it can be drunk on its own; with lighter, seafood starters (all manner of crustaceans would be stunning); and yet it has depth and could wrestle a chicken leg to the ground or drop kick a burger.
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In all, it's the decathlete of the ros world and 'by the case' at Majestic it is a steal. If you feel inclined, search out 2008 Domaine de Sours Ros, a lighter, more forward offering from this estate (£6.99, Sainsbury's), made from a 50/50 combo of the above grapes. Crisp and tangy, this is delicious too, but a burger might just get its own back on this wine!
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year.
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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