After writing in The Telegraph this weekend about what wine I drink at home my in-box was swamped. This was quite pleasing until I started opening emails and found most were about my shoes. Seriously. They’re only espadrilles but 14 out of the first 19 readers I heard from wanted to know where they could buy a pair. And I thought I was a wine correspondent. The rest of the emails were almost all about rosé. “We love it too!” they all said. “Especially when it’s from Provence. Tell us what to buy. And why is it always so expensive?”
I can’t help on expense. Perfect pink from Provence just does cost around £10, or £9 if you are lucky, a bottle when bought in this country. It’s cheaper in France because they pay less in duty, VAT and shipping. And you cannot discount the Holiday Factor. If you are sitting in the dappled light of a French village square, or beside a glittering pool, with sun-warm skin and an entire, balmy evening at your disposal, almost anything that’s dry and pale pink is going to taste fantastic. Take it home and you are likely to find your tastes become more demanding. There are a few good, cheaper rosés from Provence (The Wine Society has one) but they don’t quite deliver the detail and the pleasure you get if you pay a couple of pounds more. Maybe make your own cappuccino instead of spending two quid on one in a paper cup with a teat in the morning and use the saving to upgrade?
My top £10 rosé of the season is no secret. It’s already appeared in the paper amongst my top summer wines – here – and there’s a picture of me staggering under the weight of a huge bottle of it on the right.
It’s the superb MiP Classic Domaine Sainte Lucie 2011 Côtes de Provence, France (12.5%; Lea & Sandeman, £10.95 or £9.95 by the mixed or unmixed case). Think delicate wild strawberries and faint fresh herbs with a very mild sandalwood spice – and now that L&S do free delivery on order of more than £100 it’s an easy buy. MiP comes in enormous sizes too, though because of the cost of such large bottles, gets more expensive rather than cheaper. Well, they are a bit flash. Happily, people always seem very pleased to see the normal-sized bottles too. It’s a good one to buy a case of and take to a summer dinner; perhaps because pale pink sets a mood, even in the rain.
Oh, and the shoes. The bloody shoes. They are made by a company called Castaner. I bought them online in a sale – here. Don’t email me, OK?