Nyetimber 1086 Prestige Cuvee Rosé 2010
Peter Ustinov once said, “I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.” Had the English dramatist not shrugged off his mortal coil back in 2004, it would be tempting to make him eat his words, and wash them down with sparkling wine from a West Sussex maker which consistently demonstrates why bubbly from north of La Manche now regularly cleans up in international wine award competitions.
This, the producer’s blush-hued offering, is a pure expression of pinot noir’s red fruit flavours, with sweet spicey and pastry-like tones layered on top thanks to many years ageing on the lees. Elegantly silky and beautifully structured, its finish is a blissfully protracted one. Pair with duck or guinea fowl.
£175, BUY NOW
Lanson Le Rosé
Mother’s Day falls around the time of year when a bubbly with a gently pale salmon hue heralds warmer climes to come (in the process complementing the smell of daffodils and the sound of lawnmowers being cranked up).
This drop’s subtle pink colour also hints at the kind of freshness, liveliness and balance afforded here, in this offering from one of the oldest Champagne Houses (Lanson also has more than 60 years rosé-making experience), by a heady blend of pinot noir (53 per cent), Chardonnay (32 per cent) and pinot meunier (15 per cent) from the finest vineyards in the region. The red fruit notes come across with intensity, throughout a long finish.
£45, BUY NOW
Gusbourne Rosé Twenty Sixteen
When Andrew Weeber took over an estate in Appledore, Kent which dates back to 1410, his aim was singular: to create English Sparkling wines which hold their own against those from anywhere in the world, not least a certain famous region just 250 miles to the south-east.
Made from a blend of estate-grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this delectable pink fizz suggests his mission has been accomplished with aplomb. Packing soft summer berries and floral notes when first raised nose-ward, it then unleashes zesty red fruits and crisp, creamy freshness on the palate. The estate offers complimentary delivery across the mainland UK.
£49, BUY NOW
Louis Bouillot Perle d’Or Rose 2015
Many British fizz lovers will already be familiar with Louis Bouillot, having enjoyed the red berry and citrus notes of its Crémant de Bourgogne Brut which is available in Sainsbury’s. You have to order directly from its store in Nuits-Saint-Georges in Bourgogne – about 10 miles away from its Clos de Vougeot vineyard – to acquire the house’s latest vintage rosé cuvée, though.
It’s well worth the effort: Perle d’Or Rose has come to fruition by virtue of a sun-kissed harvest, affording excellent ageing potential. As for how it will taste on the 14th March, a fruity assault on the nose opens up to a toasty hint of brioche, while ageing for over three years on laths has leant a unique patina to a wine that pairs – take note, those bubbling up for a Mother’s Day meal – with shellfish or a fillet of salmon.
€12.10, BUY NOW, by emailing email@example.com or visiting www.louis-bouillot.com/fr
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne
A compelling entry into the canon from one of the few champagne houses to remain family owned. Seven generations on from its founding in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, this bright pink fizz with enticing shimmers of gold has a subtle bouquet whose fine notes of red fruits mingle with those of zesty citrus fruits. UK wine boffin Matthew Jukes calls it “One of the dreamiest, most seductive wines in the world”.
£65, BUY NOW
Ruinart Rosé Second Skin
The eternally elegant recyclable casing shrouding the bottle here seriously ramps up its credentials as a gift – part of Selfridges’ ‘Project Earth’ sustainable initiative, it’s composed of 100 per cent natural wood fibres, is nine times lighter than conventional packaging and reduces the carbon footprint by 60 per cent. And, with its textured surface evoking the walls of the Maison’s wine cellars in Reims, it offers a talking point at any civilised gathering.
House records show that Ruinart shipped their first rosé champagne more than 250 years ago, and the exuberant red-fruit and tropical flavours here, along with the fresh, crisp effervescence on the palate, make for a drop that’s worthy of a house which has been producing champagne since 1729.
£70, BUY NOW
G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Rosé
The elegance of chardonnay grapes and the fruitiness offered up by their pinot meunier relations mingle delicately in a sparkling rose also characterised by an intense fruitiness – think wild red and blackberries – and a delicate structure that manages to be light and intense simultaneously.
Its passionate personality makes it ideal for people to give to partners who are mothers on Sunday 14th. Chill well to ramp up the bubbly assault on the palate.
Around £60, BUY NOW
Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé With Eco-Designed Gift Box
This gourmet cuvée bristles with delicious fruity notes, with Chardonnay’s floral nuances sing in perfect harmony with the rich tones provided by a high proportion of pinot noir in this offering from a house which produces 3,000,000 bottles of champagne annually.
Full and round on the palate, the Blason Rosé’s finish lingers long enough for you to take another closer look at the incredible packaging: another eco-friendly offering, evoking the chalky soils of the Champagne region, it’s produced entirely from natural fibres sourced from certified forests in Northern Europe, and is embossed with water-based ink which is free from mineral oils.
If the weather’s clement on Sunday 14th, consider drinking it al fresco, even if that means a public space: the Épernay house has even introduced recyclable shipping cases created from grass paper as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. If staying indoors, pair with lightly cooked salmon or a zesty dessert.
Around £60, BUY NOW