ALISTAIR GIBSON: Fear not, the sweet pale pink drop is still coming up rosÃ©Â Â Â
One of my favourite stories in some of the nationals over the past few weeks was about theÂ potential shortage of Provence rosÃ© this summer.
The truth isÂ rosÃ©, and inÂ particular Provence rosÃ©, has seen remarkable growth in sales.Â AndÂ with record temperatures inÂ May, sales soared further, with Majestic reporting a 114 per centÂ increase over the first bankÂ holiday weekend.
However, having just come back from a few days wine-tasting inÂ Provence, I can happily reportÂ we shouldÂ be okay for our favourite glass ofÂ pink wine this season.Â
Indeed, bucking the general trend across Europe last year,Â where production was generally down across the board, production in ProvenceÂ grew.
I stayed with American Tom Bove, owner of, amongÂ other properties in theÂ region, the almost impossibly beautiful Chateau La Mascaronne, justÂ outside the medieval village of Le Luc.
Perhaps Tom's major claim to fame for thoseÂ outside the wine industry is the sale of his previous wine estate in Provence,Â Chateau Miraval, to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt a few years ago. But having tastedÂ his current range of wines, I can assure you that TomÂ knows a thingÂ or two about producing wine as well.
You may have to track down Chateau LaÂ Mascaronne Quat' Saisons RosÃ© 2017, CÃ´tes de Provence (Hermitage CellarsÂ Â£13.25 introductory offer, houseoftownend.com Â£14.99,Â htfwines.co.uk Â£13.99) but it will be worth it.
ProducedÂ organically from cinsault and grenache, this is very pale in colour with aÂ bouquet of soft red fruits, ripe peach, citrus, herbs and a touch of spice.
The palateÂ is very fresh with a lovely hint of salinity, more red fruits and peach and aÂ surprisingly long finish.
A little easier to track down is Mirabeau '˜Etoile' 2017, CÃ´tesÂ de Provence (Sainsbury's Â£16Â on offer from Â£12).
Established in 2009 by BritsÂ Stephen and Jeany Cronk, this is their top cuvee.
Again, very pale in colour,Â this has floral notes with red fruits, some white peach, tangerine and spice on theÂ nose followed by a crisp, light mouthfeel with red fruits and a nice twist of spiceÂ before a lingering, dry finish.
If you really are worried about a Provence rosÃ© shortage later in the year then maybe move along the French coast a bitÂ towards Spain and try something without the name, but cheaper as a result.
Chateau Sainte Eulalie RosÃ© 2017, Minervois (The Wine Society Â£8.50) is a blend ofÂ syrah, cinsault, mourvÃ¨dre and grenache and is slightly darker in colour than theÂ two previous wines, but still very pretty in the glass.
Very fresh, there areÂ redcurrants, citrus and a really nice twist of spice on the nose,Â followed by aÂ medium-bodied palate with the spice adding some real interest on the finish.
ThisÂ probably works better with food and would be great with some garlicy prawns.Â