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ROSE WHAT TO DRINK THIS SUMMER

<strong>Langlois Cremant de Loire Rose Brut <br />(&pound;12.99, Oddbins)</strong><br />This fizz is flying off the shelves &ndash; and justifiably so. It&rsquo;s one of the best in France, being made by Bollinger, with stringent rules determining the quality of its production and grapes. The result is a champagne-standard bubbly, full of raspberry and blackcurrant but also with bite and freshness. It would grace any party. <br /><br /><strong>Marco Real, Rosado Granacha<br />(&pound;6.95, www.fromvineyardsdirect.com)</strong><br />Spain might not be the first place you would associate with rose, but this &ndash; arguably the best the country makes &ndash; is quite clearly a steal at this price. Full of fruit flavours, particularly raspberry, it&rsquo;s very smooth, rich and well balanced. Perfect by itself as well as with shellfish and spicy food.<br /><br /><strong>Mas de Cadenet, Sainte Victoire, Cotes de Provence<br />(&pound;7.95, www.fromvineyardsdirect.com)</strong><br />A Grenache/Sinsault blend with a dash of Syrah, this is on wine lists in some of France&rsquo;s top restaurants. A pale salmon-coloured wine, it is a serious Provencal rose: dry, delicate and with a complex fruit and floral bouquet. Ideal with the oil and garlic-based food of Provence.<br /><br /><strong>Domaine Ott Rose Couer de Grain, Cotes de Provence<br />(&pound;27, Jeroboams)</strong><br />&ldquo;The rose you want to be seen drinking in St Tropez,&rdquo; says Esme Johnston. This is the most famous from the south of France and a bit of an icon. A Cab Sauv-dominated wine, the grapes are hand picked from vines grown in chalky soil and pressed carefully. The end result is pure fruit with a liquorice twang. <br /><br /><strong>Rosato Puglia, by Pasqua<br />(&pound;3.99, Oddbins)</strong><br />It&rsquo;s delicately fruity on the nose, then hits harder with strong strawberries. Yet the wine is laid back &ndash; more complex than its simple labelling and price would suggest. Fresh and attractively soft and round on the palate, it&rsquo;s a good example of excellent value from the strong stable of Italian roses that are grown in Puglia.