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Trophy winners

Best Rosé Wine

Best Value Red Wine

Domaine Gavoty Cuvée Clarendon Rosé

Brisa De Verano Garnacha Tinta ARAGON SPAIN 2017

COTES DE PROVENCE FRANCE 2018

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ver the past decade, the Provence style of rosé has become the pink standard around the world, with everyone looking to get in on the trend for all things elegant and pastel-shaded. But the original is still more often than not the best – and that was certainly the view of the judges as they sifted through the rosés at The Wine Merchant Top 100 2019, handing the Best Rosé Wine trophy to a true Provence specialist. Founded in 1805, Domaine Gavoty is one of the oldest estates in the region, and is still run by the same, eponymous family. Between 70% and 80% of the annual production is rosé, with the Cuvée Clarendon a classic of the saignée style, a blend of 70% Grenache with equal parts Cinsault and Syrah, given between three and six hours of skin contact. “Precise, perfectly poised, very appealing fruit,” the judges said. “Classic Provence rosé with a price point that is just right.”

Laytons RRP £18.95

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ABV 13.5%

The Wine Merchant Top 100

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orthern Spain’s plentiful stocks of old bushvine Garnacha is one of the wine world’s great treasures, the source material for some of its greatest-value red wines. Making the most of those resources requires skill and local know-how, however. Which is where the team of Boutinot’s head winemaker Eric Monnin and Spanish project manager Jean Wareing MW and the star cooperative Bodega Borsao’s head winemaker José Luis Chueca comes in. Blending a little Syrah and Tempranillo into the mix, the trio’s expertly made, easy-drinking, succulent demonstration of Garnacha charmed the judges by squeezing so much flavour and class into a sub-£10 wine. “Very Grenache nose with nice snap and plenty of red fruit and spice and just a touch of prune,” the judges said. “Lovely deep flavour, structure and spice and fresh fruit on the palate – great value!”

Boutinot RRP £9.49

ABV 14.5%

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The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019  

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