The late Auberon Waugh, former Wine correspondent of The Spectator proclaimed Chateau de Sours Rosé as “probably the greatest rosé in the world”.
Ch de Sours, which has been producing excellent wines. for over 200 years is on a limestone plateau to the south-west of Libourne and faces St Emilion.
Packed, unusually for a French wine imported to South Africa, in a screw capped bottle, the wine is a lively delicate pink verging towards the classical onion skin colour of a good rosé. Lovely whiffs of aromatic rose petals and cherry berries on the nose followed by full flavours of Wimbledon strawberries and creaminess. Lovely long aftertastes too.
A refreshing summer time drink – rosés are very de rigueur at the moment with both the British and Australian markets favouring rosés more and more. And we South Africans are not far behind.
A classical St Emilion Merlot dominated blend with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a lowish 12.7% alcohol.
Chateau de Sours, and a number of other wonderful wines and Champagnes, is available from Cuvées Classiques in The Palms Centre in Woodstock, or on line at www.ccq.co.za, at an evenhanded R75 bucks a pop.