No it’s not your imagination, rosé is becoming paler.
It’s all because Provence rosé is so fashionable. It’s always been one of the palest rosés and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Ramon Bilbao Rosado 2014, Rioja (nywines.co.uk £9.95) is one of the palest rosés I’ve seen from Rioja. The style is usually much fuller. Made from 100 per cent garnacha, it’s a delicate pale pink with strawberries and citrus notes. Fine on its own.
For the real thing, Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé 2104, Cotes de Provence (£9.74 Waitrose) is summer in a glass. Made from a grenache and syrah blend it has fragrant strawberries and a zesty, refreshing dry finish. Serve with a seafood salad.
Top tipple is Les Pins Couches Rosé 2014, IGT Mediterraneé Jean-Luc Colombo (£10 oddbins.com) which is my rosé find of the summer. A gorgeous pale colour it is fresh with redcurrants and cherries, a twist of spice and a little creaminess before a satisfying dry finish. Perfect for a long summer lunch or large bowl of fish soup.