2016 L'exuberance du Clos Cantenac Ros, 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 ros. I drink an awful lot of the stuff during the warmer months because elite ros invariably hits the spot more accurately and more often than structured reds when the temperatures climb. While Provence is the acknowledged world ros 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 ros 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.
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The wine will be shipped in April for delivery in May, in time for your summer soires. 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 Provenal models) and it has length and finesse rarely seen in cosmic ros. 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).
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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