Soho House’s Lady A Rosé isn’t just for summer

Peter Morrell tastes a wine that is as stylish as its Name and Label

Lady A

As the Winter nights draw in and the temperature starts to drop, many will begin to switch their rosé wine for a glass of red, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Rosé can be the perfect refreshing drink all year round and offers a wonderful pairing with many dishes throughout the colder months, whilst brightening up the table with a pop of pink for those cosy nights in.

If you’re looking for a delicious winter Rosé, why not try Lady A Rosé. Lady A Rosé is a classically pale and elegant rosé made at Château la Coste, Provence, born inside Soho House and curated by the world’s youngest ever Master Sommelier, Vincent Gasnier.

I recently tasted Soho House’s Lady A Rosé, but before describing the wine itself, let’s take a look at its fascinating name and its label. To mark the 40th birthday of socialite and friend Markus Anderson, the founder of Soho House, Nick Jones surprised him with his own rosé. He called it Lady A – a nickname given to Markus by Nick in the early days of his career inspired by Markus’s “social butterfly” status.

The continuation of this theme is the Butterfly on the label. It was specially design by Damien Hirst to reinforce the artistic, inclusive yet discerning personality for which Lady A Rosé stands.

Now onto the wine itself. It is made in the heart of Aix en Provence at Chateaux La Coste. Lady A is made from the traditional rosé blend of Grenache and Cinsault grapes. The bouquet has strong aromas of soft red fruit, primarily strawberries, and raspberries. On the palate there are flavours of stone fruit, particularly peaches together with good grapefruit and lemon citrus notes. There is well balanced acidity making it ideal as an aperitif or as a match with food. The finish is bright and fruity.

Pair with chilli-dotted crab linguine to light cheeses. Asian-inspired dishes such as seafood-filled dim sum and sushi. You could also consider this as a good companion to turkey at Christmas lunch.

Lady A Rosé RRP: £14.95 for 75cl. ABV: 12.5%
Available from: 31DOVER

About Chateaux La Coste

The vineyard prides itself on honouring the area’s nature by practising organic wine-making processes, applying biodynamic principles, and preserving the terroir and soil fertility.

Château La Coste encourages a partnership between wine and art, with work from world-class artists filling the winery and grounds, including a key building designed by legendary French architect Jean Nouvel, as well as Damien Hirst’s sculptures and installations. It is one of the most impressive, state-of-the-art vineyards and wine making installations in the world. The brainchild of Paddy McKillen, renowned art patron, the vineyard is home to more than 200 hectares of vines boasting a wealth of history, including wine-making tradition which dates back to Roman times, in a remarkable setting including vineyards, cypresses, stone pines, olive trees and oaks.

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