The 2017 La Petite Mort Rosé is made from a process called the saignee method, meaning to “bleed”. The juice is only left on skins for a very short period, prior to fermentation, extracting plenty of flavour, but little colour. And by golly, there is so much flavour here, yet the palate is completely dry, elegant and ethereal. Bursting with the sweetest red fruits, spice, cream and a savouriness that is a lovely foil to the sweet fruit. We talk of Rose as a picnic wine, and so it is, but this one has the character and personality to carry itself with more serious food also. One that will go a few years too.