6 sparkling rosÚs to toast your love on Valentine's Day

14th Feb 18 | Lifestyle

Pop the corks on these beautiful bouquets, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

Two Flutes of Rose Champagne

With a fine fragrance, fruity freshness, and a stream of tiny bubbles that run the gamut from beigey-pink to deep salmon, sparkling rosé radiates charm and personality.

Part of the appeal is that pink fizz is predominantly made from red grapes such as pinot noir, and it doesn’t really taste like traditional rosé – in fact, its personality can be much more vinous (winey) than the colour suggests.

And therein lies the beauty. The palest peach can be powerful on the palate, while a medium deep-onion skin can be delicate and restrained.

Here are six that caught our eye and taste buds…

1. Langlois Chateau Cremant De Loire Rosé Sparkling Wine, France (£14, thechampagnecompany.com)

Langlois Cremant de Loire, France, The Champagne Company

Langlois is part of the Bollinger empire, and it’s worth looking beyond the heart of Champagne to other sparkling French wine regions, where Cremant offers a stylish and sophisticated alternative. A delicate petal pink, with a rich, red fruit nose, this one is full and open with good structure and a delicious medley of raspberries, vanilla and spice.

2.  Louvel Fontaine Rosé Champagne Brut, France (£22, Asda)

Louvel Fontaine Rosé Champagne Brut, France, Asda

A playful choice with lots of fruity freshness, this copper-pink has a lovely wild strawberry, pinot nose, with gentle, creamy notes beneath the red cherry fruit and well-balanced acidity on the finish. A seductive mix of colour and flavour.

3.  Bottega Pinot Noir Sparkling Brut Rosé, Italy (£24.99, also available in gift pack with 2 flutes for £36.99, Selfridges)

Bottega Pinot Noir Sparkling Rose, Italy, Selfridges

Looking for some ‘wow’ factor? Fashion-conscious tipplers will be impressed with the rose gold sleeve, and this stylish Italian has enough pulling power to set the mood for some flirtatious fun. A shimmering baby pink with bronze highlights, delicate aromas of red berries lead to a vibrant palate of succulent, fresh fruit that’s flavoursome but not heavy.

4.  Cuvee Rosé 2014, Sussex, England (£29.99, bolneywineestate.com)

Bolney Wine Estate Sparkling Wine, England
(Bolney Wine Estate/PA)

In pursuit of pink pleasure, English sparkle has come a long way and this tawny pink is immediately likeable. With an inviting nose of ripe strawberry fruit with yeast coming through, there’s structure and texture to the cherry and strawberry fruit that’s marked by savoury undertones, nice acidity, and real freshness on the finish.

5.  Daylesford Organic Léoube Sparkling Rosé, Cotes de Provence, France (£30, Ocado)

Daylesford Organic Leoube Sparkling Rose, France, Ocado
Chateau Léoube/PA)

Just as exquisite as their still, dry rosé wines, this pale beauty deserves a dalliance. Brought to us by the artisans behind Daylesford Organic, it’s fresh and pure with a good degree of minerality to the cabernet franc, that suggests hints of citrus fruits and undergrowth, rather than berries. A real find, the faintest barely-there tint in the glass mirrors the savoury, subtle flavours.

6.  Ayala Rosé Majeur NV, France (£30.50, champagnedirect.co.uk)

Ayala Rose Majuer NV, France, Champagne Direct

A sumptuous salmon pink, this is a gourmet style of rosé that’s flowing with strawberries and raspberries, entwined with tangy citrus fruit, a silky, creamy texture and fresh acidity. Generous with good intensity, it hits all the right notes, with the perfect balance of elegance and freshness to boost your happiness.

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