We picked out Laballe's Brume Rosé (named for the light haze that hovers over the vineyards in the mornings) this year as a fantastic example of everything we think great rose can be. Stunning ripe strawberry and creamy texture balanced by grapefruit and more herbal notes of blackcurrant leaf and pepper.
A brilliant thirst-quenching wine that also stands up to food pairing well with fish dishes and terrines in particular.
Chateau Laballe, located in France's Gascony region, was founded in 1820 by the Laudet family who continues to own the property to this day. Traditionally more focused on Armagnac production, they started producing still white wines in the 1970's after Noel Laudet returned from working at the famed Chateau Beycheyville.
Since 2007, current proprietor Cyril Naudet has begun to offer a red and rose wine to complement their outstanding white.
The Q Wine Project
Whilst the idea of a 'house branded' wine is nothing new, we wanted to take things a step further at The Quality Chop House by selecting bottlings from small, independent wineries where we can have a direct relationship with the winemaker.
These are wines that we have selected to complement our food whilst bringing a bit more interest and complexity than you might traditionally expect from a house brand wine.