Producer: Mirabeau Wine
Grape variety: Grenache (60%), Syrah (20%), Cinsault (20%)
Residual sugar level: <1
Closure type: Screwcap
Colour: Pale salmon pink
Medal: Gold in the Global Rosé Masters 2020
If I were to name a star buy for lovers of pale, dry rosé, the sort provided so well by Provence, but at a cheaper price, then it would be Belle Année Rosé. Made by major Provençal rosé producer Mirabeau Wine, and using the same set of grapes as found in the pink wines of Provence, and the same winemaking methods, it looks and tastes like a Provençal rosé. Except it isn’t. By sourcing its fruit from the equally sun-drenched Languedoc, where there is less pressure on grape supplies, and consequently lower prices, Mirabeau has managed to make a Vin de France rosé that has all the lovely nectarine and white-cherry flavours of Provençal rose but at a sub-£10 price point.