Magazine article The Spectator

Possibly the Best Rosé in the World

Magazine article The Spectator

Possibly the Best Rosé in the World

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The annual offer of fine wine from Chateau de Sours, the estate on the edge of St Emilion, has become a venerable tradition here at The Spectator. Well, it has happened once before, and I'm sure it will again.

This time we are offering four of the domaine's wines, which you can buy either by the case or as a mixed bag of red and white. They are all beautifully made and opening a bottle is like putting yourself in the hands of a first-rate chef or watching a celebrated actor perform Shakespeare;

you can relax because you know there will be no jagged edges or unwanted surprises.

These are wines made by experts to be drunk by aficionados.

The white (1), from 2009, is a classic Bordeaux, being half Sauvignon Blanc - crisp, grassy, gooseberry flavours - and half Semillon, which is fuller and fatter and balances the slightly tangier grape. A lovely summer aperitif, and perfect with salads, white meats, fish or, come to that, almost anything.

The '09 rose (2) is the most famous of all de Sours wines and some believe it kick-started the rose revival a decade or so ago. …

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