Celebrated wine expert conducts two days of blind tastings to identify the ‘best of the best’ pinks in two price categories.
Following the successful inauguration of the ‘Best Rosé for Thailand’ contest in 2016, leading luxury resort THE NAI HARN once again partnered with international wine expert James Suckling this year to sniff out the ‘pinnacle of the pinks’.
In the second edition of the Kingdom’s only wine competition to focus on premier Rosé, Mr Suckling conducted a series of blind tastings on 11,12 May scoring each wine from am extensive entry list of varied wines put forward by a strong line-up of leading wine suppliers to Thailand.
After the intensive tasting sessions, and with help form his son and protégé Jack Suckling, James selected 12 wines for this year’s awards. The winning wines were announced during a glamorous awards party on 12 May at The Nai Harn’s al fresco Reflections lounge, where guests were invited to sample all the rosés in the competition accompanied by tasty bites served from live cooking station and framed by the stunning backdrop of Phuket’s picture perfect Nai Harn bay.
A total of 80 rosé wines entered this year’s contest, including labels from France, Italy, Chile, Spain, and Australia, as well as some top homegrown Thai vintage. The submitted rosés were separated into two categories based on wholesale price – those below THB 800 (USD 23), and those above. Based on these categories, James Suckling selected the the Top 10 Rosés for Thailand judging the wines or their quality and value for money. Friends the list, he also selected his Best Affordable Rosé, and the Best Rosé in Show.
The overall Best Rosé award went to Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Garrus Rosé 2014, imported to Thailand through BB&B, which James scored an impressive 96 points. In the Best Value Rosé category, the winner was Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016, imported by Italasia, which was given 93 points and also claimed the number one spot in the Top 10 Rosés for Thailand list based on quality and price.
During the presentation ceremony, Mr. Suckling noted that Thailand produced rosés made a strong impression led by the GranMonte Syrah Asoke Valley Sakuna Rosé 2016 which made came eighth overall.
“We are delighted to return to THE NAI HARN to judge the excellent wines entered for this unique contest. Although the rosés from Provence are still the best in the world, it’s impressive indeed to find a Thai produced wine in the Top 10 once again this year, an achievement that’s thoroughly deserved,” Mr. Suckling said. “Rosés are best enjoyed in warm climates with light, flavourful cuisine and Phuket offers both of these essential ingredients in abundance,” he added.
Following the competition, the Top 10 rosé wines will be featured as part of the exclusive “Cellar by JamesSuckling.com” at THE NAI HARN, a curated selection of wines available exclusively at Reflections, Cosmo and Rock Salt restaurant.
THE NAI HARN was also the first resort on Phuket to offer Frosé (Frozen Rosé), an iced wine cocktail inspired by summer vacation trends to the south of Europe. The resort’s unique Frosé is made with Italian rosé wine (‘Terre Di Talamo Toscana PIANO PIANO Rosato 2015,’ rated 91/100 by James Suckling), and features fresh strawberries, vodka and grenadine.
“Rosé wines are a perfect complement to Phuket’s tropical climate and we are honoured to have the opportunity to partner with the world’s foremost wine expert to highlight the best pinks in the market, also to ensure our guests enjoy the finest wining and dining while staying with us,” said Frank Grassmann, General Manager of THE NAI HARN. “Our partnership with James Suckling underlines our commitment to offer the very best international cuisine and drinks, not only in Phuket, but also in Thailand,” added Mr Grassmann.
Best Rosé for Thailand 2017 by James Suckling & THE NAI HARN Phuket
1. Château Routas Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2016 (Best Value Rosé )
Italasia. Points: 93.
2. Mastroberardino Irpinia Lacrimarosa Rosato 2016
Italasia. Points: 92
3. Château d’Esclans Côtes de Provence Garrus Rosé 2014 (Best )
BB&B. Points: 96
4. Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Rosé 2014
IWS. Points: 91
5. Domaine Houchart Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015
Wine & Taste – Gfour, Points: 91
6. Gérard Bertrand Pays d’Oc Gris Blanc Rosé 2015
BB&B. Points: 91
7. Château Cavalier Côtes de Provence Cuvée Marafiance Rosé 2016
Siam Winery. Points: 91
8. GranMonte Syrah Asoke Valley Sakuna Rosé 2016
Wine & Taste – Gfour. Points: 91
9. Les Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez Côtes de Provence Cep d’Or Rosé 2015. Wine Connection. Points: 91
10. Roubine Côtes de Provence La Vie En Rose 2016
Wine & Taste – Gfour. Points: 91