As Master of Wine Richard Hemming said on a previous vintage when selecting it as wine of the week for Jancisrobinson.com, "bottled escapism, a sojourn within a wine glass" - and what fantastic value too! Ballet slipper pink in the glass, with tonnes of fruit on the nose muddled strawberries, cherries, even tropical fruit, bone dry on the palate, and with mouth-watering finish. A single sip transports you to a sun-soaked terrace overlooking the sea, or in the Provence hills, with the scent of garrigue in the air and the chirp of crickets.
Located in the foothills of the Massif des Maures, the stunning Grand Cros estate is like something out of a feelgood Romcom, with the old manor house and vineyards surrounded by pine trees, olive groves and dry stone terraces. Owned by the Faulkner family since 1989, they're a traditional family run outfit who bowled us over with their integrity and humble genius, foregoing the marketing bumph of some of their neighbours to produce honest and delicious wines. And we're not the only ones who think so, in 2015, Decanter magazine selected their 2014 rosé as best rosé in the world, as well as the range catching the attention of none other than the queen of vino herself, Jancis Robinson, who has included their wines in no less than 3 of her top 10 lists for the year.