by Jancis Robinson
See also my detailed tasting notes.
It was quite a contest. For the first time in my experience, a line-up of nearly 40 of the world’s best-known rosés were pitted against each other on a blind-tasting table. We had Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s recent entry into the wine business. We had all four bottlings from the man who inherited a top château in Margaux and traded it in to try to make the world’s finest pink wine in Provence. We had the three offerings from a rival attempt to pitch Provençal rosé as a luxurious wine from the British businessman Lord Bamford’s Chateau Léoube. They were up against two Provençal old-timers from Domaines Tempier and Ott. Also on the table was the southern Rhône rosé from Nicole Rolet, wife of the head of the London stock exchange, and another Provençal example from a triumvirate that includes two of Burgundy’s finest producers.