Provence in the south of France produces some of the best roses in the world.
And 80 per cent of the region’s wine production is devoted to these celebrated pale beauties which are designed to drink young.
For a good entry level pink and a taste of lifestyles of the rich and famous, try La Coeur de la Presqu’ile de St Tropez Rose 2011, Var IGP (£7.49, Click here to visit Laithwaites).
Anything with St Tropez on the label must taste good, and this peachy pink lives up to its name.
Fresh and fruity, it’s a savoury mouthful of crushed berry fruits with gooseberry-like acidity and a zippy finish.
One of the prettiest labels on the shelves, Mirabeau Provence Rose 2011, Provence (£8.99, Waitrose) is an appealing rosy blush pink.
Classy and fragrant with ribbons of strawberry flavours and a rush of raspberry on the dry but fruity finish, it’s a delicious aperitif.
A notch up the scale, Chateau de Berne 2011, Grande Recolte, Cotes de Provence (£9.99, Majestic) is an elegant salmon pink that’s fresh and soft with tender apricot and peachy fruit.