2018 MiP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence

Grapes Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault
Colour Rosé
Origin France, Provence
Other Vegetarian
Sub-district Côtes de Provence
ABV 12.5%

Sun's out, MiP*'s in! As pale as ever, as exceptionally aromatic and fresh as ever, Guillaume Philippe’s brilliant rosé from Puyloubier, in front of the iconic Mont Saint Victoire, has a nose which combines blossomy floral notes with citrus and red fruit, and a softly fresh palate which is refreshing and moreish. This wine, L&S’s best-selling product, is ’summer in a glass’ for many of our customers. Don’t MiP* out. L&S (Mar 2019)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

Simple nose but gloriously pure palate with redcurrant, cherry and strawberry fruits. Fairly low acidity, smooth texture and good persistence – sure to be a summertime favourite. Drinking range: 2019 - 2021 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Aug 2019)

A perennial favourite, in the pale, subtly-flavoured and herbaceous classic school of Provence rosé. A beautiful aperitif with an apparently invisible strength that becomes apparent when drunk with food.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph(May 2019)

JancisRobinson.com Wine of the Week

Like the first cuckoo in spring, the first rosé of summer is much anticipated, heralding the longer days and sunnier skies of the warmest months. Typically, it is a wet and cold day in London as I write, so this week's Provençal rosé will have to be transportative rather than complementary: imagine the sky stained pink over the ocean as the sun dips below the horizon while you recline on your Sunseeker, glass in hand...

Among the nine rosés I sampled at a tasting organised by London retailers Lea & Sandeman in March, the 2018 vintage of MIP* Made in Provence Classic was by far the best option for its quality at the price. Made from 60% Cinsault, 20% Syrah and 20% Grenache, it epitomises the style: pale coral in colour, with pure redcurrant and strawberry fruit flavours, smooth texture, moderate acidity and satisfying persistence. There is nothing unusual about how it is made, nor any notable marketing angle – instead, it is a rock-solid example of a rightfully popular style.

This is no mean feat. In an increasingly competitive marketplace, it must be tempting to make tweaks to stand out among the crowd (see, for example, Tam's article about some truly awful examples of rosé packaging), and a certain degree of courage is needed to stick with the same formula. But when the results are this good, that courage is rewarded. Too often, pale rosé can be insipid or, at the other end of the scale, overwhelmed with show-off oak or try-hard leesy texture. The function of good rosé is to deliver unassuming red-fruit flavour with soft acidity that is just as happy being sipped by itself as it is accompanying barbecued meats or green salads. The point of drinking rosé in summer is not so much food matching as mood matching.

As a category, Provence rosé may not be the best bargain around, but MIP* Made in Provence Classic is one of the best and most reliable of them, especially at the case price of £13.50 per bottle from Lea & Sandeman. After all, surely there will be at least 12 sunny days this summer, won't there? And if you're entertaining, it also comes in magnum and jeroboam formats.Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(May 2019)

Domaine des Diables

Domaine des Diables – ‘the devils’- is owned and run by Guillaume and Virginie Philip, and is the home of the MiP* (*Made in Provence) labels as well as Les Petits Diables and Rosé BonBon. Virginie and Guillaume met at Montpellier wine school, and their first production, based on grapes from Virginie's father's vineyard at the foot of The Mont Saint Victoire, was in 2006, from the 2005 vintage. L&S has been their sole UK importer since the 2007 vintage.

Domaine des Diables has won nine consecutive Prix d'Excellence awards at the Concours Général Agricole. This special award is given in recognition of the best ratio of medals to samples presented to the competition and this astonishing record means that their son Paul, born in 2010, has shaken hands with three ministers of agriculture. The MiP* wines are regular winners of awards in all the competitions they have entered in the last ten years.

The vineyards are cultivated in a sustainable, eco-friendly way, bordering on organic farming, with careful monitoring for disease problems so that interventions are kept to the minimum. In the cellar it is all about cleanliness and use of technology to keep the wines as pure and aromatic as possible, so it is fully equipped with pressing under inert gas, tangential filter, and temperature control.

The grapes are harvested at night or in the early morning so as to save energy needed to cool them, and protected from oxidation with dry ice, reducing the need for added sulphites. The grapes are either directly pressed or given a short maceration on the skins, but Guillaume has his own little tricks which he keeps secret, which make for the particularly aromatic expression of the Domaine's wines. Bottling is also highly technical, with the bottles corked under a vacuum.

All the wines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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