WE can’t get enough of the stuff, but the future’s not looking rosy for rosé.
Bad weather in France, which provides a third of the world’s supply, has seen a poor harvest and a drop in production, meaning prices are on the up.
Thankfully, it’s still possible to bag a decent bottle for under a tenner. But how do you tell if you’re getting the most bang for your buck?
Wine critic Jilly Goolden says: “Rosé should be fresh, easy and light.
“It should be drunk as young as possible so grab it off the shelf.”
Here she shares her expert opinion on ten bottles of the pink drink and gives them a rating out of ten.
Trapiche Pure Rosé, Argentina
Co-op, £7.99 - buy now
SMELLS a bit like rubber, which is not very inviting.
It tastes of the cheapest of cheap lemonades, with a hint of blackberry.
This wine doesn’t live up to the name “pure” – it’s very disappointing.
Save your money and look elsewhere.
Portuguese Rosé, Portugal
Tesco, £4.25 - buy now
IT’S pleasantly fizzy but is massively sweet and leaves a lingering sweetness in your mouth.
If really chilled or on ice, it could be enjoyed at barbecues.
Definitely a rosé for those who have a sweet tooth.
The Best Pinot Grigio, Italy
Morrisons, £7 - buy now
WITH a hint of sun tan lotion on the nose, I’m transported to sitting under an umbrella on the beach.
Notes of strawberry ice cream with an attractive grassy green finish. It ticks all the boxes.
A perfect summer rosé. Drink by itself or with anything summery.
Burra Brook, Australia
M&S, £7 - buy now
AN exotic lychee and green tea aroma.
It’s a bit foxy and spicy, with flavours of passion fruit and pomegranate.
Because of its rather unusual flavour combo it could partner spicy food such as Chinese or salmon with soy.
Route 88 Zinfandel, California
Majestic, now £6.36 from £8.49 - buy now
SMELLS very robust, with scents of watermelon and black tea.
It tastes like a melted ice lolly and is way too sweet for me.
It’s like chomping through a box of soft-centred chocolates.
Les Estivales, France
Asda, £6 - buy now
A DELICATE berry scent, leading to a dollop of vanilla ice cream with strawberry sauce.
It leaves you feeling like you’ve had a very rich dessert.
Too sweet for my taste, you wouldn’t want a second glass.
The Fire Tree Pinot Grigio Sauvignon, Italy
Aldi, £4.69 - buy now
SMELLS like cloves and lavender – a bit like a moth deterrent.
It’s got a freshness about it, with a hint of marshmallows.
It’s good at the price and for a budget rosé it hits the spot.
BEST BUDGET BUY 7/10
Good Company, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Lidl, £6.99 - buy now
BIG whoosh of metal on the nose. Fresh as grapefruit, with silky gooseberry and angelica.
This is fresh, refreshing and pretty damn good.
It would work on its own or with fish or chicken. Very versatile.
Barrihuelo Rioja Rosado, Spain
Sainsbury’s £6.50 - buy now
IT smells like a Victoria sponge.
It’s fresh, not too butch, not too sweet and not too flimsy – it’s like the Goldilocks of rosés.
Drink on its own or with a nice summer salad and grilled fish.
Porcupine Ridge Coastal Region, South Africa
Waitrose, £7.99 - buy now
A SURPRISINGLY delicate, petally scent. But when you taste it, this is more full-bodied than most rosés.
It leans more towards a red wine in style – almost a little meaty.
It’s a bit too butch and alcoholic for me but would stand up to a barbecue.