It was a beautiful late May Saturday in Dulwich, SE London, so I invited Natalia to the park to share a bottle of pink Champagne Taittinger Nocturne.
This rosé champagne is made from 70% pinot noir which gives it the bright strawberry fruitiness and good bite of fresh acidity. The remaining 30% of the grape blend is chardonnay which adds a little softness and elegance to the mouthfeel.
Taittinger is one of the big Champagne houses but still retains that family approachability. We have caught up with Clovis and Vitalie Taittinger this year in London who are both great ambassadors for champagne and great fun representatives of Taittinger.
The Champagne Taittinger Nocturne has a wide open appeal and a touch flamboyancey about it (not least represented in the packaging!!). It's perfect for just about every summer party you might be throwing this year. Just think playfulness and Dionysus.
Taittinger Nocturne Rosé ‘City Lights’ NV
Harrods, Ann et Vin
Colombo wines are a favourite with Secret Sommelier. Les Pins Couches fits the bill for a clean light summer fruit mix of strawberry and raspberry with a refreshing finish that just might have you reaching for a second bottle. This could easily pair well with a range of dishes including pizza with roasted artichokes and peppers, cured smoked salmon, grilled or bbq’ed mackerel fillets with chilli jam…
RRP: £11.10 from: Harrods
A very pale pink with light scented perfume of red fruit. This may suit those who like subtlety over upfront fruitiness. Crisp and dry and very refreshing indeed. Perfect aperitif wine for sitting by the pool, by the beach, washing down picnic sandwiches, etc. leaves the mouth feeling spritely and fresh for at least another glass.
£9.50 from Oddbins
Pale in colour, subtle summer fruit aromas, even strawberry cheesecake but very fresh with a gorgeous mouth cleansing crispness that leaves me wanting for another glass. A fab aperitif but be warned, it’s an easy sipper so put a couple in the fridge.
Vina Real Rosado 2014
RRP: £11.05 - The Wine Reserve
When I received a bottle of róse port to taste recently I conceded to the novel appeal and left the actual tasting to due course. Then mark my twinkling eyes and pursed puckering lips when, to my surprise the róse port was a complex and sumptuously fruity hit.
The bright pink colour is accompanied by a nose of unmistakable fortified quality. I very much enjoyed the fruity complexity of flavours lingering on my palate. They’re nothing short of addictive (& not just to an old soak like me!), the richness and strength in alcohol parrying the cubic volume of the bottle (50cl).
Róse port is perfect for fine picnics, aperitifs, chilling to the side of your nightclub tabletop, or simply supping and succouring after a couple of light courses on a late summer evening!
For more information, please visit: http://www.pocas.pt/