A small round label on the front of this bottle of rose boasts that Robert Parker awarded it 87 points. That's a long way up the critic's 100-point register for a bottle that leaves you with change from a fiver. I can see why. It appears Mr Parker and I share a taste in rose as well as a surname and an initial.
This wine is unusually rounded. Missing is the zangy, tangy, acid sweetness of many cheap pinks. Instead you get a smooth, clear but full-bodied taste; dry but not arid, flavoursome but not boisterous.
That this wine can still be grown, bottled, shipped and sold for so little (especially after our lords and masters have taken their £2.20-odd in duty and tax) is a tribute to the glory of the market economy and proof certain that value and quality are not natural opponents.