Rose of the Year 2008

Rose skeptics must surely be convinced by now that this is more than a passing fad, with the bourgeoning popularity of rose and increasingly diverse range of styles with winemakers from divergent regions pursuing worldwide consumer demand. However, the rose euphoria is being exploited by opportunist (read parasitical) wine marketers with a flood of rose coming on to the market, a large percentage of them made as an afterthought and which do the rose movement an injustice. Alas, my choice of rose of the year is intentionally from a region and producer that grows grapes specifically for rose and has been perpetually dedicated to, if not synonymous of this dry style of wine – Provence.

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