Domaine la Colombette Rosé, 2020, Languedoc, France
£17.25 (inc VAT)
This oozes summer, whatever season you open it. A little remedy to those winter blues.
Get your nose into this and it smells so good, it's hard to pull it back out again. It glints salmon in the glass and is redolent of strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, passionfruits, watermelons and mangos, topped with a little fresh cream and a twist of pink grapefruit juice. It positively oozes summer, whatever season you open it.
This winery started in 1890 when blacksmith Louis Pugibet fell in love with a winemaker and she gave him his first hectare of vines as a wedding present. Working the vineyards using his horses Louis started to build a reputation around Beziers, Languedoc. But it was his grandson Francois Pugibet who modernised the winery in 1966, replacing the horses, with whom he didn't share his grandfather's passion, with modern technology, doing away with herbicides and insecticides and planting more unusual grape varieties.