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A dry, well-rounded pink from the Languedoc, made principally from the syrah. All fruit and ease of drinking.
Product Code: FC39881
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Situated in the Hérault department in southern France’s Languedoc region, Domaine du Bosc is not far from the beautiful seaside resort Cap d’Agde. It is a winemaking region steeped in history: Agde has actually been home to vines since the 5th century BC. This long winemaking history has been attributed to Agde’s port, which meant that, unlike those in many areas of France, growers were able to export their wines to various Mediterranean countries from very early on.Their proximity to the sea provides the vines with a wonderful Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, sometimes wet autumns and winters. This part of the Languedoc sits on ancient lava flows that are very positive for the wines, allowing them to retain a good deal of freshness. The Besinet family were vine growers for many generations, originally owning vineyards in Montpellier. Pierre Besinet had trained as a chemical engineer and for many years worked in the north of France, far away from any vines. He returned on the death of his father, but very quickly decided to sell up and start somewhere else.Pierre became attracted to the volcanic soils around Agde and that is where he settled, creating Domaine du Bosc. At the time, the vineyard was planted with all manner of red grapes, and geared up for mass production; however, Pierre had the vision to start from scratch and planted other varieties. Starting with cabernet sauvignon and merlot, he was among the first to plant Bordeaux grapes, and then also planted grenache blanc. In time, he would add many more varieties, and to this day is still experimenting: recent additions have included petit verdot and petit manseng.Pierre made his reputation on fresh, clean-tasting, fruity wines. His background helped him make some quite radical changes, especially in the cellar, which was one of the first in the Languedoc to be thermo-regulated. He was also one of the first to adopt night time harvesting, especially for white grapes as a way of preserving fruit flavours and freshness.Today he is helped by winemaker Jean-Etienne Cros, a good friend of the Wine Society who used to manage his family’s estate in Gaillac. The day to day running of the business is in the hands of Pierre’s daughter Dominique – though Pierre now well into his 80’s, still looks in.
Where do we start in a region so huge? With production nearly three times that of Bordeaux, or more than the whole of Australia, the Languedoc-Roussillon accounts for about a third of all French wine made. The sheer scale of production and the intense competition to channel such volumes through to the market means that in most years supply is greater than demand so prices are kept in check. It is not for nothing that wines from the South of France offer such great value for money. Here you get what you pay for. The trick is to get beyond the gain line and tap into a rich vein of almost endless vinous pleasure. Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays (also known as IGP – Indication Geographique Protegée) - officially, these are two quite different wine worlds that live side by side almost, seemingly, in complete ignorance of each other's existence. Luckily, reality is different and most producers see no conflict between the two and many produce wines under both codes. Nor is one necessarily better than the other. Indeed many of Languedoc's most iconic wines, such as Mas de Daumas Gassac and Grange des Pères, are Vin de Pays. So why the difference? The status of Appellation Contrôlée was gradually conferred to the historic heartlands of Languedoc-Roussillon, in other words those sites in the foothills of the Massif Central and Pyrenees where viticulture has existed since the Romans. Appellation status is also about taste and about wine made from a narrow selection of mostly Mediterranean grape varieties.Vin de Pays (IGP) was introduced to improve the quality of what was then the mass of 'vins ordinaries'. It confers an identity to wines coming from those areas that were planted during the big periods of expansion, mostly in the plain between Narbonne and Pézenas. It allows for higher yields than AC, and, more importantly, allows a much wider palette of grape varieties for the growers to choose from.In terms of grape varieties Languedoc-Roussillon is France's answer to the New World. In the duality of Appellation Contrôlée and Vin de Pays, the conformism of Parisian bureaucracy goes hand in hand with the creative spirit of pure liberalism. So in terms of grape variety, almost anything goes! Native Languedoc and Roussillon varieties are at the heart of all appellation wines. With a changing climate and a tendency to extremes of weather, these ancient varieties are gaining favour.Carignan is the workhorse of Languedoc especially in the drier west. At its best, it produces a wine that is deeply coloured, quite tannic, sappy with brambly fruit. Many producers have woken up to the qualities of carignan if it is treated with respect and low yields are achieved.Grenache produces round tasting wines, often with low tannin and high alcohol and is rarely to be found on its own except in the fortified reds of Roussillon.Cinsault belongs in the heat of North Africa. In the South of France, it is widely grown and can add fragrance and lightness of touch to big brawny reds, but more often it is made into rosé.Like carignan, the native whites are more obviously associated with high production but with careful handling can produce wines of real interest. There is maccabeu and grenache blanc, grown mostly in Corbières and Roussillon. Clairette, grown mostly in the east, closer to the Rhône. Terret is grown extensively around Marsseillan, home of French vermouth. Maybe the best of all is the piquepoul which east of Beziers produces good quaffing dry picpoul de Pinet. Muscat used to be grown exclusively for vin doux naturel such as Saint Jean de Minervois and Rivesaltes but also produces full-flavoured dry wines of some interest.The biggest change in the South of France was the introduction of other grape varieties to help boost quality. For the reds, syrah was the most obvious import and is now widely planted and is usually part of a blend with grenache and/or carignan. Syrah is at its best where there is a little humidity such as in the east around Pic Saint Loup. Mourvèdre is much more complicated to grow but has a real future in areas close to the sea such as in parts of Fitou and Corbières.For the whites, roussanne and marsanne have also journeyed south from the Rhône to add finesse and flavour to Mediterranean blends. Increasingly, the Corsican vermentino, also known as rolle, can be found in blends where it often has a positive influence.Bordeaux has for long been an important connection for the Languedoc with the Canal du Midi there to prove the link. Not surprisingly, Languedoc producers were quick to introduce Bordeaux varieties in their vineyards. Merlot is the most widely planted and in some years has been very profitably exported in bulk to California or back to Bordeaux. The later ripening cabernets are probably better suited to the climate of the south and have great potential.Another revolution across the South of France has been in the quality of the whites. Before new standards of cellar hygiene and refrigeration were introduced, the concept of a fresh, dry and fruity Languedoc-Roussillon white wine was nigh impossible. Growers like Pierre Bésinet at Domaine du Bosc and Louis-Marie Teisserenc at Domaine de l'Arjolle were quick to spot the potential and successfully plant chardonnay, sauvignon and even the mysterious viognier.Regional StylesLanguedoc-Roussillon is such a large region that it is impossible to generalise about the entirety. It helps to divide it into three main sections: Eastern Languedoc, Western Languedoc, and Southern Lanuedoc. The east includes excellent appellations like Faugères, Côteaux du Languedoc, Pic saint Loup and Montpeyroux. The style of wine produced here is often Rhône-like: generous, thickly textured and often high in alcohol. Syrah is the outstanding grape variety and it blends well with grenache and sometimes mourvèdre. Nothing remains static in Languedoc and the old Côteaux du Languedoc is about to be replaced by a new appellation called simply Languedoc. Western Languedoc is more dramatic, mountainous, and much drier than the east, but it's also colder and the austerity of its climate and topography can be tasted in its wines. The carignan grape is often an essential element in many of the reds. Look out for saint-Chinian, Minervois and Saint Jean de Minervois (the latter for muscat based sweet vin doux naturel), Cabardès, Limoux (especially sparkling Crémant de Limoux).The south incorporates Corbières, Fitou and Roussillon. These are dry, hot regions surrounded by mountains which provide a majestic backdrop. Fitou is the oldest Appellation and confusingly comes in two parts. The best wines though come from in between in what is actually southern Corbières. Corbières is the largest single appellation in Languedoc, with myriad different styles from different soils and microclimates. This veritable chaos of crags, gorges, strewn with castles, wild herbs and abandoned abbeys encapsulates the heart of the Midi. The wines all have a little of that wildness and wonder.In Roussillon black schists on the north bank of the Agly make the best reds. These are typically fine and spicy with grenache and syrah. Traditionally the best-exposed sights near the village of Maury have produced sweet fortified wine. High mountains provide the opportunity to plant vines at higher altitudes and make fresher wines. Finally, this vast region ends in a narrow strip of land between mountain and the sea and with Spain on two sides. Twisting lanes and vertiginous vine terraces link the little ports of Collioure, Banyuls and Cerbère. The fortified wines are sold as Banyuls and are mostly Grenache-based with a little carignan. The Collioure appellation is for expressive, full-bodied and refined table wine which can be made from several grape varieties: carignan, syrah, grenache, mourvèdre and counoise for the reds and grenache, roussanne and vermentino for the whites.
"Excellent, good fruit but still dry great value"
"Excellent, good fruit but still dry great value"
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"Refreshing, fragrant and easy drinking rosé."
Mr James Bowkett (17-Dec-2020)
"No nonsense God quality rose at great price."
Mr Kevin Mills (27-Sep-2020)
"Not to my taste at all, I'm afraid. I appreciate that it is cheap but I ordered this as an experiment with two other similarly priced Rose wines that were pleasant and drinkable. To me this wine has a nasty aftertaste that reminds me of acetone somehow. For a little extra at the moment, the Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage Rose 2019 is a very much better wine."
Mr Charlie Allingham (26-Sep-2020)
"I often find that rose looks better than it tastes, but this is absolutely delicious. Far too moreish."
Ms Annabel Miller (19-Aug-2020)
"I've always been a fan of Besinet's generic wines for the Society but have previously found the rose a bit disappointing. However, the current vintage hits the spot as a fresh, fruity and refreshing glass which avoids the slightly 'bubblegum' character of old. It has sufficient fullness as a food wine but serves equally well to drink on its own. Have been pleased to reorder this."
Dr Robin W D Mitchell (14-Jul-2020)
"Reliable taste and delivery "
Mrs Fiona Rogers (15-Jun-2020)
"Easy drinking. Nicely dry."
Mr Kevin Mills (08-Jun-2020)
"An adequate but in my view rather uninspiring wine which I recommend largely because it is inexpensive and therefore relatively good value."
Mr Neil Butter (02-Jun-2020)
"Lovely very dry rose with hints of strawberry and cherries. Perfect as an aperitif but worked well with a cross section of salads. At 13% a tad stronger than I would normally choose for a rose, but difficult to fault and very easy to recommend. "
Mr Hugh Mulligan (01-Jun-2020)
"This is an easy drinking Rosé, nothing to complicated, hints of fruit, serve chilled it’s refreshing and a perfect aperatif wine with snacks etc. Good value. "
Mr Andrew Brewer (31-May-2020)
"I ordered a mixed case of Rose and there were 2 bottles of the Pays d'Oc. My wife and I thought it was delicious. Light fruit, very tasty, good nose. Excellent value. Off to order a case which won't last long whilst we are in "lockdown" or is it "drink up" mode?"
Lord Hoffman of Hougun (27-May-2020)
"Unfortunately I find it difficult to say anything positive about this wine. It’s sweet, confected nose follows through to the palate and offers poor value compared to other wines at this price point. Really couldn’t recommend. "
Mr Simon Godfrey (23-May-2020)
"Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this. It's heavy, rough and gave us both a headache."
Ms Alessandra Bedford (21-May-2020)
"Lovely easy drinking summery wine. "
Mr Andrew Gothard (08-May-2020)
"Nothing special. Dry, without much fruit. Disappointing really. For the same price we found the Domaine Félines-Jourdan to be much more enjoyable."
Mr Colin Hewson (15-Aug-2019)
"Not nice straight out of the bottle, very astringent. Left open for a few hours it becomes a £6.75 Rose! Move up to the Society Corsican Rose its miles better."
Mr James Brown (10-Jul-2019)
"I thought I would try the basic society rose as a benchmark before tasting other more expensive bottles. This is a decent light and very dry rose with very little fruit but quite drinkable. At this price its a good buy for a party or for an evening glass in the summer."
Mr Anthony Johnson (14-May-2019)
"Perfect for summer days. Dry and fresh. Very drinkable. Would re-order"
Mr Nathan Whittamore (03-May-2019)
"quaff-able but not a lot of flavour and bit too dry"
Mr Alan Smart (23-Feb-2019)
"My wife only drinks Rose and this value-for-money Society wine ticks all the boxes for an every day quaffing wine all the year round. . She enjoys its freshness and its dry finish."
Mr Nick Hutton (31-Dec-2018)
"Refreshing and well drinkable but not exceptionally memorable. Well suited to a hot day in the garden."
Mr Gordon Allan (06-Jul-2018)
"Like the others have indicated, this is fine. Not too sweet, refreshing, good for a summer evening, but nothing to do a dance over.
Rev Robert Stanier (06-Jul-2018)
" Very pleasant strawberry delight!! Light bodied and not to dry. Abrupt finish. A 3.5 rating. Would buy again."
Mr George Fleri (25-Jun-2018)
"Nice enough - good for summer afternoons, barbecues, etc. Better than most Rosés for sale in UK supermarkets at higher prices, but not as nice as those found in French ones at lower ones!
Happy enough though, I've come back for more. Hoping for a hot summer!"
Dr John Bolton (03-Jun-2018)
"This is a real find. Great for summer barbecues.
Very good value for money.
Give it a try."
Mr Philip J Davis (14-May-2018)
"Dry, fresh and crisp, with a dash of pear drops and just a hint of bitter tannins to the finish. It's pretty good, if a little lacking in character, and I could easily imagine this as an accompaniment to a dish of hot moules-frites in the South of France - and there's certainly no arguing with the value at under £6."
Mr Patrick Vickers (16-Feb-2018)
"Lovely, fruity wine. Very dry. The more chilled, the better."
Miss Sally Brown (28-Jul-2017)
"Bone dry, full of flavour and excellent value; a perfect summer drink. Unlike in the photograph, the bottle has a conventional long neck!"
Mr Paul Hamilton (13-Jun-2017)
"I think that this wine is incredibly good value and is clearly well made."
Mr Grenville Collins (08-Jun-2017)
"Did not enjoy this as much as other Roses which I have purchased from Wine Society in the past. Would not buy more of it."
Mrs Susan Allan (06-Jun-2017)
"This wine delivers all you want from a rose. It's crisp and clean, fruity and with a dry refreshing finish. Excellent with food and great value."
Mr Rafael Goncalves (02-May-2017)
Mature Times (11th Sep 2017)
"You’d think this was
a white wine from the flavour if you couldn’t see the colour as it tastes of
pear and apple. - Paula Goddard"
"£5.95! its a fantastic Rose. Medium, bodied dry,fruity, not a hint of sweetness that often spoils cheaper Rose. its great on its own and even robust enough to have with a curry. A real guzzler. They don't come much better than this."
Mr James Brown (29-Aug-2016)
Mr Mark Hutton (11-Aug-2016)
"Fruity with surprising body and length."
Mr Eain Green (07-Jun-2016)
"I'm sorry to say we could not agree with other reviews of this wine. It had little body or aroma and left a sour taste after drinking. We have returned the case."
Dr Peter Wright (06-Apr-2016)
"This is a delicious rose wine. It is almost 30 years ago that my wife and I sat down in the Avenue Paul Riquet in Beziers and tasted our first Languedoc Syrah rose, which exploded with taste and freshness. Over the years we have tasted many more (we have a holiday house quite near where this wine is made, and will be trying to visit the producers next time we are down) but none as bright, clean and mouth-watering as this. And the price!! I only joined the Society last year, but it was worth it just for this little gem."
Mr Richard Jay (09-Mar-2016)
Manchester Evening News (4th Jun 2016)
it comes to this price bracket there's no-one that beats the overall quality
of The Wine Society's offerings. I picked up this bottle from the
ever-evolving under £6 selection. Almost all the bottles in this bargain case
punch well above their weight. This rosé is made from syrah in the Languedoc
by Domaine du Bosc using the saignée method. It's very fruity in style with
cherry and red berry flavours. A vibrant lively rosé that will be a nice
aperitif at the barbecue.
- Andy Cronshaw
"As the description says this is a bone dry rose which may not suit some people. However I enjoyed it especially with a turkey lunch at Easter. Raspberry on the nose and palate, did not chill too much so as not to kill the flavour'"
Dr Brian Carr (30-Mar-2016)
"Juat tried our first bottle on a hot evening to go with home made curry.
Served quite cold. Wonderful! Fruity taste [raspberry] nice nose and delicious taste. Just loved it. Want more!!!!!!!"
Mr John Robins (29-Jun-2015)
The Press Association (21st Aug 2015)
enough ripe cherry and fruity raspberry flavours to make it a top choice with
grilled prawns, chicken caesar salad or even coronation chicken. - Sam Wylie Harris"
"I find the 2013 rose from Pierre Besinet an attractive good value well made off dry wine. For me the colour is much less important than the taste. and quite acceptable. I will continue buying it."
Dr John Baston (01-Nov-2014)
"I really like this wine. First tasted as part of a mixed rose case and have now bought a case. Yes, it does have a touch of paint stripper in it, but this has often been a positive description by wine writers. It is also full and long. So what if the colour is a bit garish? - it doesn't affect the taste."
Mr David G Malaperiman (24-Jul-2014)
"Mr Chivers' review had us in stitches. We need more reviews like that - 'real-time', describing exactly what it is like to encounter wines that are either intrinsically bad or bad because in some way faulty, and this when one is presumably fairly desperate for a decent drink."
Professor John L Moles (17-Jun-2014)
"Colour: vibrant. I hate it, its going to be awful I just know. Nose: smells of fruity chewing gum. Its getting worse. Taste: truly awful, now tastes like fruity chweing gum. Horrible, horrible, horrible. Who tastes and selects this? Serious cock up here."
Mr Michael F Chivers (18-May-2014)
"I agree with Mr William Davies. Buyers please retaste."
Mr Adam Seigel (02-May-2014)
"I enjoyed the 2012 wine by Pere Besinet et fils. It was dry but not bone dry and smooth . Very good value for a vin de table but unfair to compare with more expnsive Vin de Provence [Houchard]."
Dr John Baston (08-Jun-2013)
"Purchased as part of a mixed case, good value everyday quaffer. Excellent with a chicken salad, highly recommended!"
Mr Malcolm J Davies (22-Aug-2012)
"Not as good this year to be honest. Gave me a migraine!"
Mrs Jennifer Williams (28-Jul-2012)
"This is not pretentious and for the price is a good value, easily drinkable quaff. Perhaps the colour is too garish and there is an unnatural but neverthelsss acceptable sweetness to the taste. Its very popular - so we keep running out."
Mr C J Caswell (19-May-2011)
"This is a pretty poor effort. Most of the 'Society Range' makes for decent budget drinking, however, this wine has an unattractive fake rose petal aspect, with some plantain adding to the saccharineness on the finish. It possesses an awkward structure and badly needs some acidity to sharpen things up. Bloated and sickly, this is to be avoided at any price."
Mr William Davies (09-Apr-2011)
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