This year, we had two wines that achieved equally high scores of 96 points, which means I must conclude that there is not one ultimate Rosé Master in 2020, but two.
These are Garrus by Château d’Esclans (pictured below) and Clos du Temple by Gérard Bertrand (pictured above). Both are dry Grenache-based rosés from France, both retail for more than £100, both are barrel-fermented, but one uses grapes grown in Côtes de Provence, and the other doesn’t – Clos du Temple hails from a biodynamic vineyard in the Languedoc, dubbed a ‘grand cru’ site by producer Gérard Bertrand.
This means, based on an entirely independent blind tasting, that the Languedoc is capable of making rosé as great as Provence. Not better, but just as brilliant.
You can also see our round-up of the top-value picks from this year’s tasting, with the best-scoring wines for the price rounded up in both the sparkling and still rosé categories. Just click on the links below.