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FAMOUS for its blue skies, olives groves and lavender fields, Provence has influenced many an artist's palette - so why not let it influence your palate, too? The Cotes de Provence appellation in the South of France is the heart of rose production, where vineyards are dotted across the picturesque landscape and winemakers understand how our perception of flavour can be influenced by the colour of the wine.

These classic dry roses offer freshness and good acidity and can vary from ice pink to pale, baby pink to petal, blush to peach - and although perceived as fun and frivolous, a delicate looking pink can be deceptively complex.

Designed to drink young, the latest vintages have just been released and in fashionable circles, the consensus is: the paler the pink, the better the wine.

Still, it takes a talented winemaker to balance the colour with the concentration of fruit and fresh acidity in the style for which these seductive wines are famed...

Famille Abeille Rose |2014, Cotes de Provence, France (currently PS9.99 from PS10.99, Majestic, www.majestic.co.uk) For admirers of a powder pink rose that has presence, there's a plushness to the soft summer fruits which have structure and weight with crisp acidity and a raspberry note lingering on the finish.

Domaine de Paris |Rose 2014, Cotes de Provence, France (PS10.49, www.laithwaites.co.uk) Dressed in a corsetshaped bottle typical to the wines of Provence, this fruit forward salmon pink has wild strawberry aromas with vibrant summer berries, a creamy note and long, lively acidity. Best for ice buckets on a sunny terrace.

Chateau Pigoudet La Chapelle Rose |2014 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, France (PS8.99, Majestic, www.majestic.co.uk) A succulent pale peach, this is a feminine rose and the bouquet of red berry fruits leads to delicate cherry that dances across the palate and lingers on the fine finish with hints of minerality.

Domaine de Rimauresq Provence |Rose 2014, France (PS14.99, www.virginwines.co.uk) Coral pinks can be just as alluring as the more translucent shades and there's structure to the juicy summer berry fruit with a note of nectarine with subtle strawberry scents.

Chateau La Tour de L'Eveque 2014, |Cotes De Provence, France (PS10.95, www.corneyandbarrow.com) Highly recommended, this deep salmon pink is a heavier style of rose and the beguiling nose of peach and nectarines is complemented by baskets of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruits with a creamy texture and an underlying minerality.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:May 29, 2015
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