The rosé of the year went to the ‘Côtes de Provence AOC 2020’ from Château Les Valentines
A successful start to the first ever VINUM ‘World of Rosé’ competition, with around 1,000 wines submitted. The rosé of the year went to the ‘Côtes de Provence AOC 2020’ from Château Les Valentines. The winning wines came from the key rosé production regions: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria all appeared on the podium.
The rosé trend seems to be unstoppable, with no other wine style achieving this level of growth on an international stage. The times when the wine world’s third colour was associated entirely with a light style and a particular way of life are now well and truly behind us. Rosé is a serious wine and has potential to age, and can combine complexity and freshness in a very special way. This was made very clear by the ‘World of Rosé’ tastings: rosé, vin gris, ramato and so on can be ambitious wines that have much more to offer than just a thirst-quenching quaff.
This was evident during the multi-day tasting, with a telling murmur constantly heard around the tasting tables. Most likely, this also dismantled some prejudices from the experts on the tasting team. Scores of up to 92 points are by no means guaranteed in VINUM’s day-to-day work, but numerous ‘World of Rosé’ wines achieved 90 points or more – and across every round of the tasting. In addition, all of the countries represented cut a fine figure. The outstanding results of the tastings are detailed at www.vinum.de/weinsuche, keyword ‘World of Rosé’.
The top-class fifty-strong expert judging panel for the tasting included sommeliers, winemakers and journalists, as well as the VINUM editorial team. Three days were spent tasting, discussing and evaluating the wines in secret, a first for a VINUM competition, in accordance with the international OIV guidelines. This also meant scores using a 100-point system, a change for VINUM.